Prisoners’ Penfriends

Prisoners’ Penfriends provides penfriends from the community outside prison, for prisoners in England and Wales.

It is approved and encouraged by Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service.  The scheme provides a confidential forwarding service, with guidelines, training and advice for our carefully selected volunteers. We started work in April 2004 and have now sent over 35,000 letters.

The Weavers’ Company has supported this Charity for a number of years.

“The scheme is likely to raise prisoners’ chances of rehabilitation, through connecting them with the outside (non-criminal) world, through providing someone who accepts them as more than just ‘an offender’ and shows belief in their capacity for change.” - From Imagining More than Just a Prisoner: the work of Prisoners’ Penfriends, University of Warwick, 2015
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