The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. G4S will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. The Chaplaincy believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. They contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.
The Chaplaincy team recognises that we live in an increasingly diverse society, and that is reflected in the prison community. Prisoners and staff come from a variety of cultural and faith backgrounds and at the heart of the Chaplaincy teamís work is ministering to everyone, irrespective of culture, faith or belief.
The Chaplaincy Team
The Chaplaincy team reflects the diversity of the prison and there are representatives from all the major faith groups. Chaplains who are Christians (Roman Catholic, Anglican and Free Church traditions), Muslims, Sikhs, Pagans, Buddhists and Jehovahís Witnesses work together to ensure that prisoners have the opportunity to practice their faith whilst in prison. Additionally an army of volunteers contribute regularly to services and meetings and in doing so support the Chaplaincy team. They bring with them a wealth of experience and worship and their dedication adds another dimension to prison life, linking Chaplaincy with the community.
The team is based within the World Faith Centre, a purpose built area of the prison designed to offer a supportive and peaceful environment.
Chaplaincy is an integral part of the prison and works collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary team. Team members take an active part in the Equality, Safer Custody and Safeguard meetings, the care of the older prisoners and work in close co-operation with the Interventions team.
Supporting prisoners and their families from the very start
A member of the chaplaincy team visits every new prisoner within 24hrs of arrival. We are able to offer support and advice, particularly around any family issues or concerns. We will always make seeing people who have newly arrived in prison a priority. We also give a presentation to all new prisoners on the ways in which we can help them practice their faith and provide them with support.
Prisoners families can contact the Chaplaincy helpline if they have any concerns or need support and advice. We often make referrals to external agencies who can offer help to families struggling to cope.
Leading of worship and faith studies
Each Chaplain is able to use the Chapel and Multi-faith room to provide corporate and individual worship and study for prisoners. A room is also available on the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit for faith groups to meet separately. In addition Christian, Muslim and Sikh studies take place on a weekly basis.