Providing advice and assistance to welsh prisoners who are homeless

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.

The service aims:

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:

More information:

Shelter Cymru
Gwalia Care & Support
North Wales:
Ruth Malecic / Rebecca Taylor
Prison Link Cymru
Shelter Cymru,
PO Box 2293,
Wrexham, LL11 0FB
Tel: 01978 317911
Email:
ruthm@sheltercymru.org.uk
rebeccat@sheltercymru.org.uk
Christopher Partridge - Area Manager Criminal Justice Services
Gwalia Care & Support
Fountain House,
Fountain Lane,
St Mellons,
Cardiff, CF3 0FB
Tel: 029 20776000
Mobile 07980 943749
Email: Christopher.Partridge@gwalia.com
Covering HMP Cardiff
+ HMP Prescoed and HMP Usk

Andrew Stevens
Prison Advice Worker
Mobile: 07971 673070
Email: andrew.stevens@gwalia.com

Primarily covering HMP Eastwood Park
Michelle Andrews
Prison Advice Worker
Mobile: 07971 673066
Email: michelle.andrews@gwalia.com