Along with supplying and running reading groups, PRG (now part of Give a Book) supplies books for Prison Family Days, so that parents can give their visiting children the gift of a book and read with them during their visits.
Family Days enable prisoner parents to spend time with their partners and children – talking, playing games and enjoying being together. We supply specially chosen books for each child visiting their parent in prison, along with a Give a Book bag, notepad and crayons.
We’ve been steadily growing our support for prison family days over the last few years…
With most prison Family Days cancelled during 2020, trying to maintain positive family connections was more important than ever. Prisons increased Purple Visits and other family video calling services, and PRG supplied books to be used in prison and read over video calls, as well as copies to send home so that children could read along. In the lead up to Christmas, PRG supplied over 2000 books to 30 prisons for family initiatives.
In 2019 we supported Family Days in 48 Prisons, supplying books to over 2000 children.
“your staff worked so hard to make this day as special as can be, thank you from the bottom of my heart”
“my husband said it was the first time he felt normal for four months”
“it is only here i get books. No-one else gives me books. I like books”