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Service summary

New Bridge Foundation

New Bridge Befriending supports some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in the UK.

In prison, with little or no contact outside, people often feel hopeless and friendless and as though there is nothing for them.

New Bridge befriending gives people that hope and optimism that there is a future. It helps people to feel valued and appreciated despite what they have done. It provides the chance to look towards living a life differently, setting goals and aspirations.

Receiving letters from someone who is independent of the prison system, the opportunity for long term contact with their befriender, and developing a link with the world they will be returning to are considered by people we support to be the most valuable aspects of New Bridge befriending. Some people value letters more than face-to-face visits, and in some cases even stated that they did not wish to receive visits.

New Bridge befriending includes visiting people in prison every 3 to 4 months. Research shows that a strong visiting system improves prison life and contributes to a reduction in re-offending on release.

44% of people we befriend have not been in prison before and those serving long sentences may feel little hope for their futures. Visiting plays a vital role in helping them to adapt and cope with their confinement through the maintenance of outside relationships and preservation of self esteem.

Service provider

New Bridge Foundation

Client Groups Served

  • Children and Young People
  • Adult Working Age
  • Older Person
  • Parent / Carer

Accessibility

Physical Environment Accessibility

Are your premises accessible?
N/A

Other Accessibility

Could you provide a BSL interpreter?
Yes
You you cater for religious/cultural needs?
Yes
Is a referral required to access your service?
No