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

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.

Covid-19 - post lockdown

Online Auction LIVE now!!
Covid-19 and lockdown have significantly affected staff, prisoners and their families. We continue to raise funds to support prisoners with the challenges of prison life and rehabilitation and that support is needed more than ever. Please visit our online auction and make a bid to help us help them! Click here to bid!

Visits and Transport Service
Our Transport Scheme is once again operational. To access this service, please contact Sally-Anne on 07721 932430 with the date and time that you require a lift, the number of persons and where you would like to be picked up. Or you can book via email.

If you (or you know of anyone) who would like to join us as a volunteer driver, please click here.

Our programmes within HMP Erlestoke
We ceased running our programmes in the prison in March 2020 in compliance with national directives to protect staff, prisoners and service providers when HMP Erlestoke ended their normal regime. We are currently focusing our resources on the build of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in the prison. If you would like to support this project, you can donate via Justgiving here. Any support that you can give us would be really appreciated particularly as fundraising has been challenging during the pandemic.

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, the Robert Gordon talk will be rescheduled at a later date 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 2020/21 report is available here

Our financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2021 are available here

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.