EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) and HMPYOI Portland have launched a new partnership service for friends and families visiting prisoners at Portland prison. The service is being launched as part of National Carer’s Week on Thursday 4th June and is part of a wider initiative within EDP to offer support for those affected by crime and substance misuse in the communities and homes that offenders return to on release.
The visitors’ centre in Portland now has a dedicated office and worker that families and children can use to get advice, have a chat, find out what support is available for them in their home area or to simply get information about the prison process and how the system works.
‘The prison has provided an office, toys and a lot of support to help EDP get this service off the ground’ says Charlotte Richards, the family worker at Portland. ‘We’re able to offer help to both the prisoners inside and their families here in the visitors’ centre which is really useful’.
Investment in family and carer support reduces reoffending and helps the wider communities too. EDP hopes to replicate this innovative service in other Dorset prisons.
EDP Drug & Alcohol Services support people to address their drug and alcohol misuse. They provide substance misuse services in Devon and Dorset prisons in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. A fundamental belief underpinning EDP’s work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes. The friends and family service in Portland visitors centre is an extension of this work and EDP’s commitment to work with people where they are.