The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions and their families, and has done for over 120 years. They support people to make a fresh start, and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment to people who have committed offences, to families and to communities.
Pact offers services at every point of contact with the criminal justice system, from pre-custody where volunteers provide emotional support and practical advice for families throughout trial and at the point of sentencing, to ‘through the gate’ mentoring, helping prisoners to return to the community. In prisons, Pact offers a range of services including relationship-based courses which help prisoners learn communication and conflict resolution skills, strengthening their family relationships.
Families Count has opened my mind and taught me to think outside the box. It’s helped me to remember how much everyday things can help you learn. I would recommend this course to anybody.A parent who attended the Families Count Course
Grant funding from the Company’s Charitable Trust is enabling Pact to extend its well-regarded ‘Family Literacy in Prisons’ course and also pilot two new courses: one to improve prisoners’ numeracy and encourage them to support their children’s mathematical development (Families Count) and another to help mothers in prisons cope with separation from their children, to maintain relationships and feel confident as caregivers (Mothers Inside and Out).
For more information about Pact, click here to visit their website.