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:

  • Help offenders face up to the impact of their crimes

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

  • Bring fathers closer to their families, especially those with children

  • Improve prisoner health and well-being

  • Raise local awareness about the work of the prison

Our current initiatives include yoga classes, drama workshops, art classes, 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
As social visits have been stopped due to the current lockdown, our Transport Scheme is not currently operating.

Due to Covid-19, several of our drivers can no longer support us because of increased vulnerabilities. If you (or you know of anyone) who would like to join us as a volunteer driver when we are operational again, please click here.

Our programmes within HMP Erlestoke
We 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 when HMP Erlestoke ended their normal regime. We hope to restart our programmes again when it is safe and we have authorisation to do so.

Origami Inside
Despite the Friends not being able to continue with our origami classes, our teacher, Helen Holtam has encouraged prisoners to carry on making cards for all occasions and sculptures. These are now available for sale on the Origami Inside website. All sales from the site go to the Friends of Erlestoke Prison, so please make a visit and browse the products! We are very grateful to Helen who has kept this activity going despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Robert Gordon Fundraising Event - "Shackleton and the Endurance"
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we have postponed the Robert Gordon talk at Sarum College, Salisbury previously scheduled for the 15th October 2020. This event will be rescheduled at a date in 2021 which we will announce later this year. 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 for refurbishment and will reopen in 2021.

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.