About the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

The Friends of Erlestoke Prison helps to support offenders with the challenges of resettlement and rehabilitation. We fund projects which:

  • Prepare men for release

  • Help offenders face up to the impact of their crimes

  • Help offenders develop skills which will help them to find employment

  • Bring fathers closer to their partners and children

  • Raise local awareness about the work of the prison

Transport Scheme and Volunteer Co-ordinator Appointed
We are pleased to welcome Carol Part to the Friends of Erlestoke Prison team. Carol has recently joined us in the role of Transport and Volunteer Co-ordinator. Carol will manage enquiries and bookings, co-ordinate our existing volunteer drivers and recruit/train new drivers to support the scheme.

Save the Date!!
Saturday 3rd December 2016 is the date of our fundraising Christmas Concert. More details to be announced soon!

New Trustees

We are pleased to announce that we appointed two new trustees in June 2016: Sarah Gooch and Judith Squarey.

Sarah was appointed to the Bench in Wiltshire in 1991and during her time as a magistrate, worked closely with the probation service. Sarah has always been interested in promoting the care and rehabilitation of offenders and is also involved in a Wiltshire Initiative which monitors and encourages Restorative Justice in the community.

Judith ran her own physiotherapy practice for 45 years and was married to an Anglican priest for 41 years. Her husband was involved with prisons and inevitably Judith became interested through his work. Judith has worked with several other charities including Riding for Disabled and has been involved in training sessions for the Clergy.

We welcome both Sarah and Judith to our trustee team.

For prisoners' families

We are running a transport service on visit days, from Devizes bus stops and/or Westbury train station to HMP Erlestoke. To access this service please contact Carol with the date and time the lift is required, the number of persons and where you would like to be picked up.

We will then let you know if we have a driver available. Drivers are volunteers and will have envelopes in their vehicle for a voluntary donation towards your journey.

If you have a concern about an offender following your visit, please call the prison on the 'Safer Custody' phone number: 01380 814373

Erlestoke House Farm Shop

We are working with the Erlestoke House Farm Shop which is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.00 - 3.00pm. The shop sells fresh produce, plants, flowers and bespoke hand crafted furniture. You can also order cakes for all occasions. A catalogue is available here.

The shop is currently seeking volunteers and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in working with us.

If you would like to place an order or volunteer in the shop, please click here

Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison

Annual Report 2015/16 published August 2016

Please download and read our 2015/16 annual report which summarises our work throughout the last year and our aspirations for the future. The report is available here

The 2014/15 report is available here.