Quakers in North Wales are currently involved in several areas connected with prison work. A Quaker Prison Group co-ordinates these efforts and comprises member from North Wales and Chester and the Wirral area meetings.
There is a long-held Quaker concern for people in prisons. The AMs discerned that many Friends in the wide catchment area of the new prison at HMP Berwyn in Wrexham would seek to be a part of the support network for prisoners and their families, staff, and the wider community.
The work of the Quaker Chaplain in Berwyn.
Other projects independent of the Chaplaincy department such as donations, help with literacy, gardening and work with prison families.
Alternatives to Violence Project.
And other work/initiatives connected with Berwyn prison and the probation service.
As the prison increases in population over the first few years the staff, systems, boundaries and ways of operating are becoming established, although many challenges are still being ironed out. We recognise that the needs of HMP Berwyn and Friends will continue to change over time. We will monitor and communicate these changing needs.
The Quaker Prison Group is the point of contact for all Friends and Attenders wanting information about the prison or wanting to get involved in activity. They will gather information about how Friends can volunteer or help in different ways in HMP Berwyn Category C Prison in Wrexham. This information gathering is ongoing. Opportunities to volunteer may be through Quaker groups or other groups operating in and around the prison.
If you would like to help with this work, please complete the volunteer form.
HM Prison Berwyn (Carchar Berwyn EM) is a £250 million Category C adult male prison in Wrexham County Borough, located on the Wrexham Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Wrexham. When fully operational it will become the largest fully operational prison in the UK and Europe.
Other Quaker work with prisons & prisoners
There are a number of Quaker organisations working with prisons or prisoners: