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 families, especially those with children
Raise local awareness about the work of the prison
Our current initiatives include yoga classes, drama workshops, art therapy sessions, origami classes and our well-established transport scheme for prisoners' families and friends on visit days. We are also raising funds to build an all-weather sports pitch in the grounds of the prison.
New Trustee Appointments
We are pleased to announce the appointments of Eve McBride and Fran Bishop who have joined our trustee team. Eve is a semi-retired GP and will be overseeing our Transport Scheme. Fran is a Commercial Lawyer and will be overseeing our Origami Workshops and managing our contracts with our service providers. We welcome them both to the team.
2020 Fundraising Events
Robert Gordon Talk - "Shackleton and the Endurance"
We are pleased to announce that Robert Gordon will be speaking at Sarum College, Salisbury on Friday 3rd April 2020. Tickets are available from the Sarum College Bookshop or Sarah Gooch; please email Sarah. Tickets are £20 each and include a welcome drink and canapés. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.
2019 Fundraising Events
Our Christmas Auction has now ended. Thank you to all our bidders and congratulations to those who were the highest bidders. The Auction raised just over £2,500 and will contribute to the continuation of our programmes currently running in the prison.
Thank you to the array of leading and local artists, writers, actors and musicians who created over 300 unique artworks on postcards. Thank you also to all of you who purchased a voucher to win a postcard.
The random allocation of postcard vouchers to postcard artworks took place on the 28 October and the postcards have been posted out to their new owners. We hope that you are pleased with the postcard that you received!
This was a joint initiative with Salisbury Museum and raised over £14,000 to be shared between the Friends and the Museum. A big thank you to everyone who supported this initiative. We couldn't have done it without you!
For full press release, click here.
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 Sally-Anne 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
The portacabin outside the main gate of the prison is available for use by visitors on visit days. It provides somewhere warm and dry for visitors whilst they wait for access into the prison. There is also a toilet in the portacabin.
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. The shop also sells cards made by the prisoners during the Friends of Erlestoke Prison origami classes.
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.