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
"My life as a Cold War Military Spy"
Thank you to all our supporters who joined us at Major General Peter Williams talk at Dauntsey's School, West Lavington on Friday 23rd March 2018.
We raised over £9,000 and all proceeds will go to our all-weather sports pitch appeal for HMP Erlestoke.
High Sheriff Award
We are pleased to announce that the Friends have been given an award from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire to recognise the services of our volunteers in the area of criminal justice. We have been awarded a grant of £500 to support our ongoing work with prisoners and their families.
We run 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 on 07721 932430 with the date and time the lift is required, the number of persons and where you would like to be picked up. Or you can book via email:
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
For all visitors
We are pleased to announce that the portacabin outside the main gate of the prison is now available for use by visitors on visit days. There is a toilet in the portacabin and visitors will now have access to somewhere dry and warm whilst waiting for access into the prison.
Erlestoke House Farm Shop
The Erlestoke House Farm Shop is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 - 3pm selling fresh produce, garden plants and flowers, furniture to order, free range eggs, handmade cards, jam, honey and freshly baked cakes.
You can also order products online. [here]
There is an urgent need for a Shop Manager due to the relocation of the current manager. It is a voluntary post and serves a very worthwhile cause. If you are interested or for more information, please ring Janine on 07917691034.
Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company, working with the Friends of Erlestoke Prison