These are difficult times for prisoners and their families. Visits are resuming but are quite different and it is likely that prisoners, depending on the Covid restrictions in their prison/county, will spend more time locked up as they can't access work/education or other services. This is due to non-essential workers stopped from going in to prisons and having face to face contact with prisoners. These are all essential measures to minimise the risk of a serious outbreak in prisons.

Over the past couple of months we have seen some of our Member prisons able to return and offer a recording service, but the majority of Storybook Dads/Mums isn't able to run due to Covid measures at the moment. 

What Storybook Dads are doing:

Families of Film: We have started the Families on Film project where the children and families of prisoners can video themselves at home to send a special messages to their loved one in prison. Storybook Dads then process the recordings and get them to the prisoner on DVD.

Kids Zone: We have added a Kids Zone to our website which includes resources and activities for children and below we have listed advice, support and guidance from other organisations.

Bedtime stories: Prisons are slowly starting to return to a bit of normality and some of our member prisons have resumed recordings of CD or DVD bedtime stories. 

Support, advice and guidance

Essential Government Q&A: for friends and family of prisoners, from the Ministry of Justice. Updated regularly as things change. Click here for the Q&A

The National Prisoners’ Families Helpline can support you if a family member is in contact with the criminal justice system. Contact the helpline on 0808 808 2003 (Free including most mobiles). Read more on the website

Email a Prisoner: Some prisons use a service called Email a Prisoner. If you send a message this way, it’ll be printed out and delivered by prison staff. Each email costs 40p and you need to buy credit to use the service. Click here to see which prisons offer this service

Families Outside: Scottish Charity helping families affected by imprisonment. Their Helpline, 0800 254 0088, provides impartial information and support. They also provide one to one support with their regional family team throughout Scotland. For more information, click here

Prison Chat UK: An online group of people who have loved ones in prison in the UK. They got together when they realised there was no support/char facility online available in the UK. The website is full of useful information and a chat forum. Click here to visit Prison Chat UK

Prison Voicemail: Their mission is to improve communication channels between people in prison and their family and friends, with the aim of relieving some of the causes of stress and isolation caused by imprisonment. Click here to see which prisons offer this service