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
All Weather Sports Pitch Appeal
Our most ambitious project to date, we are working to raise £500k to build an all-weather sports pitch in HMP Erlestoke. Such a facility would not only provide real benefit to the prisoners, but also to staff, especially in the building of relationships. It would provide access to a broad range of sports activities and opportunities to achieve sport/lifestyle qualifications.
Over £80k had been pledged or donated so far. If you would like to support our appeal, please 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 Carol 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