Women's Prison Peer Team

The Peer2Peer project

The Women’s prison team covers all 12 female prison establishments in England; HMP Askham Grange, HMP Bronzefield, HMP Downview, HMP Drake Hall, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP East Sutton Park, HMP Foston Hall, HMP Low Newton, HMP New Hall, HMP Peterborough, HMP Send and HMP Styal.

The team began delivery in July 2018 after intensive shadowing with the London prison team. Within the first year, the team had met all targets set by their funders. Due to the specific needs of female prisoners, the Peer2Peer project within the female estate receives additional funding from The Mary Kinross Charitable Trust and The Pilgrim Trust, alongside NHS England Health in Justice.

There are 2 women in the team, who are passionate about their work to encourage other women to come forward and get support for their hepatitis C. This is very important as there has been an elimination goal set to eliminate hepatitis C from the 12 female prisons in England in 2020. By the end of January 2020, HMP Low Newton and HMP Foston Hall have both held prison wide testing events with the aim of elimination at these sites. Over 99% of the population at both sites undertook a hepatitis C test. Further elimination events are planned across the whole estate. During our elimination work, anyone testing positive will be fast-tracked on to treatment. There is no need for anyone to be scared of a hepatitis C diagnosis now and no one needs to live with or die from this illness anymore.

 

International Women's Day 2020

The Women's Prison Team spent some time with Art On A Postcard prior to an exhibition to mark International Women's Day 2020. All the artwork from this exhibition was created by women and so we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase some of the work that The Hepatitis C Trust is doing to support women in the female prison estate. Art On A Postcard travelled with the team to a female prison to get an idea of a day in the life of the team, although it is not possible to film within the prison. We hope this video will help give you an idea of our work and passion. 

I Am - A magazine for the Women's Prison estate

2020 has been a very busy and productive year for the Women's Team with the release of a magazine called I Am. The aim of the magazine is to create awareness across the estate of hepatitis C as it is not just an issue that affects a few but the whole. 

The team would love to hear from you if you, or someone you know has been affected by hep C within a female prison.

Director of Prison Services – Sean Cox

Prison Peer Coordinator – Julia Sheehan      

Prison Peer Educator and Probation Lead – Colette Price