Prison Link Cymru (PLC) is a joint initiative operated by Shelter Cymru and Gwalia, delivering a national Prison Link service throughout Wales. The aim of the service is to provide information to local authorities in Wales about homeless prisoners due to be discharged to their area and to facilitate the provision of appropriate housing and support on release. The service operates across the four Welsh prisons and Altcourse, Walton, Risley, Styal, Stoke Heath, Eastwood Park and Ashfield prisons in England.
Shelter Cymru delivers the service across the six local authorities in North Wales (Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey). Gwalia delivers the service across the sixteen local authorites in south, mid and west Wales.
Local connection to Wales is essential to qualify for assistance. This can be proven by having immediate family (parents, brother, sister, adult children) living for five years in the locality. Alternatively this can be proven through having lived in the area for six out of the last 12 months, or three out of the last 5 years. Local connection can also be established through securing permanent employment in an area either full-time or part-time. Likewise local connection can be proven through having to live in the locality for some special reason such as having medical treatment which is only available in a particular area.
How to access the service:
If you have a client who would benefit from the Prison Link Cymru service, or if you would like any additional information on how the service operates then please contact us on one of the numbers below: