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

Fundraising Events for 2019

JAILBREAK!!
Our Jailbreak 2019 event will be over the weekend of 13th and 14th July. Teams of 3 will be sponsored to get as far away from the designated start point as possible in 24 hours. If you would like to take part, all the information you need plus registration details can be found [HERE!] (https://www.friendsoferlestokeprison.com/jailbreak/)

POSTCARD ART AND AUCTION
We are in the early stages of planning this event for the autumn. All enquiries should be made to Sarah Gooch by clicking here

Donation
Thank you to the Lions Club of Devizes who donated us £250 at their 2019 presentation evening. We were proud to be recognised as one of their chosen charities.


For prisoners' 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 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.

Annual Report 2017/18 published July 2018

Please download and read our 2017/18 annual report which summarises our work throughout the last year and our aspirations for the future. The 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.