Statement from Women in Prison’s Chief Executive Kate Paradine:
In light of Government advice on Coronavirus, Women in Prison (WIP) has temporarily suspended all group work and ‘drop in’ sessions at our women’s centres and hubs to reduce social contact and enable social distancing. We have also closed our centres/offices for the time being. We are working to put in place the strongest one-to-one support possible from our staff for the women we work with, including those in prison, leaving prison and in the community. Where this is not possible in person, then this will be through phone and other means.
We are working with partners in the prisons, probation service, health, local authorities and other services so that we play our part in the efforts to ensure there is support available for the most vulnerable individuals and families during the difficult weeks ahead.
While we work as a staff team to look after our own safety and wellbeing and take care of our families, the needs of the women we work with will continue to be front and centre of all our plans. We know that our mission to provide essential support services has never been more important.