Over the years we have supported many projects and events at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, and this month we saw fathers taking part in our special family reading project, Making It Up, which took place on 25th July in the chapel of the prison.
The aim of the project was to increase the fathers’ confidence in sharing books with their children. The impact of family contact for both prisoners and their families is essential in aiding rehabilitation.
Leading up to a family visit day, fathers took part in workshops where they learnt about the importance of reading with their children, different types of stories, and created their own storybook for their children.
It was great to hear comments about the workshops from the men who took part:
“Could have written more…Something for [my child] to take back. Really good.”
“Shows I need to sit down and read more to my kids. Good to give to the kids and they’ll enjoy it.”
Families were given blank storybooks (exactly the same as the ones their fathers used) to create their own stories, helped by their fathers.
Feedback from the families strongly suggested that Making it Up had a significant impact on family interaction and led to reading on both sides.