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 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.

Help us fundraise while you shop!
You can now help raise funds for us through Amazon. When you shop @Amazonsmile, Amazon will make a donation to the Friends Of Erlestoke Prison. Please click here to shop and support us at the same time. Thank you!

Book a talk to learn about our work
We believe that developing understanding about prisons in the local community is important. We therefore give talks to local groups in Wiltshire about HMP Erlestoke and the work of the Friends. If you would like us to visit your group to provide such a talk, please contact us to learn more.

Coronavirus - impact on the Friends and our services

Visits and Transport Service
Following the Government announcement of 23rd March 2020 regarding Coronavirus, until further notice, visit days at HMP Erlestoke have stopped. Our Transport Service is therefore currently not running. We will resume our service when it is safe and we are permitted to do so.

Our programmes within HMP Erlestoke
We also ceased running our programmes (Art, Drama, Origami and Yoga) in the prison from week commencing 16th March 2020. In compliance with national directives to protect staff, prisoners and service providers, HMP Erlestoke has ended their normal regime. We will begin our programmes again when it is safe and we have authorisation to do so.

Robert Gordon Fundraising Event Rescheduled - "Shackleton and the Endurance"
Due to the current uncertainty, we have rescheduled the Robert Gordon talk at Sarum College, Salisbury to Thursday 15th October 2020. Timings remain the same: drinks/reception at 6.00pm and talk starts at 6.45pm. We will continue to monitor the current situation and let you know if anything changes. Thank you for your patience and your continued support.

Keep updated on www.gov.uk


For prisoners' families

This link provides guidance for families and friends of those in prison in England and Wales during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Erlestoke House Farm Shop

The Erlestoke House Farm Shop is closed until further notice.

For more information, please visit their website here.

Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company.

Annual Reports

Our 2019/20 report is available here

Our financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2020 are available here

Our 2018/19 report is available here

The 2017/18 report is available here

The 2016/17 report is available here

The 2015/16 report is available here

The 2014/15 report is available here.