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.

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.

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 will therefore no longer be running. We will resume our service when it is safe and we are permitted to do so.

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, 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 Friday 10th July 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

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 closed until further notice.

For more information, please visit their website here.

Erlestoke House is a registered Community Interest Company.

Annual Reports

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.