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HMP HAVERIGG Prison Regime Info


North Lane Millom LA18 4NA image of HMP HAVERIGG prison

Phone No.

01229 713000

Governor / Director

Tony Corcoran


Male Cat. C


North West

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and Double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Michael Ross
Vice Chair: John Grantham

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HMP Haverigg was opened in 1967 on the site of a former RAF camp and is the only prison in Cumbria. Originally, 350 prisoners were accommodated in the RAF billets, but the addition of new accommodation and the rebuilding of two units following incidents of concerted indiscipline in 1988 and 1999 increased accommodation to 558 places. Additional places were created through further
new units and doubling of cells.



Accommodation for prisoners varies from a cellular house-block to billets and two RTUs.

  • Skiddaw (134) Purpose-built house block split into two wings, with 103 single, 11 double and three triple cells with integral sanitation.
  • Fairfield (196) Nine billets with single and double rooms with integral sanitation.
  • Blencathra (126) Seven billets, mainly with single rooms.
  • Helvellyn (80) Two 40-room units; all rooms have en-suite showers and in-cell television.
  • Langdale (72) Cellular units with eight double cells.
  • Great Gable (36) Programmes Wing. 28 single rooms and four doubles in two billets.
  • Scafell - Segregation unit, with accommodation for up to 12 prisoners.


Reception Criteria

Haverigg will accept prisoners suitable for Category C status who are able to participate in full time employment. Prisoners are accepted with a medical condition that is stable and do not have any outstanding hospital appointments or referrals outside this area. More complex medical conditions can be discussed with the Health Care manager. They accept prisoners with an open ACCT (Risk of Suicide) only with prior agreement with the Healthcare Manager and issues must form part of the prisoner's care plan.

Haverigg is a pilot site for the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) and will accept prisoners for this programme. IDTS is a new approach to drug treatment that involves CARAT, Healthcare and Prison staff working together more closely. IDTS represents the first step in a user's journey towards giving up drugs. This may involve them being prescribed medication such as Methadone or Subutex.


  • Hobbies kits during lock-up
  • Own bedding (Enhanced)
  • Own clothes
  • Playstation
  • Television (£1 per week)

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Mon - Fri: 07:45-16:45

Weekends: 08:45-16:45 


Basic: A minimum of 30 minutes per day.

Standard and Enhanced: Until lock-up. 

No evening Association at weekends.

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The gymnasium provides wide access to recreational PE but also offers a range of training related gym and courses working towards qualifications and employment in the leisure industry on release. These include;

  • Active IQ
  • FA Referees
  • First Aid at Work
  • HeartStart
  • Manual Handling

 Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Pilates
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Sports Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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All prisoners have access once a week.

Haverigg benefits from a library facility which was opened by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal. This includes IT training facilities, self-help and employment advice.

In addition to this, partnerships are forged aiding prisoners to find employment, training and accommodation on release.

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Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We 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. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Haverigg is: Glynn Jones

The Chaplaincy, Healthcare Centre, Probation and Education departments all play a major role in the positive regime offering courses and one-to-one sessions where available to help prisoners with a variety of individual needs.

The Chaplaincy Team at Haverigg also employ a full-time Ecumenical Chaplain and a part-time Pentecostal Chaplain. A Rabbi and a Quaker representative are also on the Chaplaincy team.

In accordance with Prison Rules and good practice Haverigg Chaplaincy offer pastoral visits from the faith representative of any religion that is acceptable to the Prison Service,

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Specialist Clinics

  • CPN: 5 days per week
  • Dentist: 3 sessions a week
  • InReach: 5 days per week
  • Optician: Monthly
  • Physio: Weekly
  • Podiatry: Monthly
  • Stop Smoking: 5 groups weekly

NHS Healthcare Information for Haverigg

Prison Healthcare Manager: Val Ogilvie
Tel: 01229 713038

PCT: Cumbria Primary Care Trust
Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is there to help when you need advice, or wish to make a complaint. As a patient, relative or carer PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your NHS care.

The service aims to:
• advise and support patients, their families and carers
• provide information on NHS services
• listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries
• help sort out problems quickly on your behalf

PALS acts independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.

Contact Information

Tel: 1228 814008
Email: CICPALS@ncumbria-acute.nhs.uk

Cumberland Infirmary

There is also a Dental Helpline for ALL NHS dental enquiries: 01702 226668

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The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Working Links
Head office: Unicorn House, Bromley, Kent BR1 1NX
Tel: 020 8212 8255

Education and training at Haverigg is an integral part of Resettlement/Offender management and is crucial in reducing the risk of re-offending. Haverigg offer a comprehensive range of education and training opportunities, a high percentage of which are accredited with QCA approval. More recent training opportunities are designed to reflect shortages in the skills market, giving learners at Haverigg employment opportunities on release. Educational programmes also reflect national and local needs, particularly in the area of Skills for Life provision.

Classes include;

  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Language
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Open University

Pay for education is based upon the individual prisoner's place of work.


Certificate in Adult Learning Support. Level 2.

City & Guilds accredited (Course no 9297):

This is a Skills for Life qualification suitable for prisoners intending to provide classroom assistance to adult learners with literacy, numeracy and/or ESOL needs. The course includes literacy, language, numeracy and ICT needs for work, education and life as well as the skills necessary to support learners.

Award in Coaching Skills. Level 3. NOCN NW accredited:

This qualification is tailored to enable prisoners to develop their potential as skills coaches.


OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP Haverigg.

Inspection judgements
Inspectors use a four-point scale to summarise their judgements about achievement and standards, the quality of provision, and leadership and management, which includes a grade for equality of opportunity.

Key for inspection grades

  • Grade 1 Outstanding;
  • Grade 2 Good;
  • Grade 3 Satisfactory;
  • Grade 4 Inadequate.

Click Here for further information on how inspection judgements are made.

Scope of the inspection

In deciding the scope of the inspection, inspectors take account of the provider’s most recent self-assessment report and development plans, and comments from the local Learning and Skills Council (LSC) or other funding body. Where appropriate, inspectors also consider the previous inspection report , reports from the inspectorates’ monitoring visits, and data on learners and their achievements over the period since the previous inspection.

Last Inspection Date: 02/02/2009

Summary of grades awarded

Achievement and standards: 3
Capacity to improve: 4
Effectiveness of provision: 4
Employability training: 3
Equality of opportunity: 4
Leadership and management: 4
Literacy, numeracy and ESOL: 4
Personal development and social integration: 3
Quality of provision: 4

To read their report click here

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Prison Workshops

Data Entry

Employment includes;


  • Bike Repairs
  • Bricklaying
  • Catering
  • Fork Lift Truck
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Internal Fitting
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • SMR
  • Sports Studies
  • Textiles
  • Tiling
  • Woodwork

Accredited vocational qualifications include;

  • Laundry - Guild of Launderers
  • Textiles Workshop - Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 1 & 2
  • CAA - Diplomas in Construction
  • OCN Level 1 - Interior Fitting
  • NPTC Level 1 - Horticulture
  • BICS Level 1 & 2 & NVQ 1& 2 - Industrial Cleaning
  • Sports related awards - Levels 1 to 4
  • NVQ Level 2 - Catering - Food Hygiene
  • SMR - Lock Stitch
  • Motor Mechanics - ABC Level 1 Award


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL International (Reading, writing and listening)
ESOL International (Reading, writing and listening) (Entry 1)
ESOL International (Spoken)
ESOL International (Spoken) (Entry 1)
ESOL International (Spoken) (Entry 2)
Foundation Programme
Fundamentals of Food Hygiene
Health and Safety at Work
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Learning Support
National Success in Self Employment
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NVQ in Cleaning and Support Services
OCN Level 1, PW C, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
Principles and Application of Coaching Skills
QCF provision - Entry Level, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Using ICT (Entry 3)

Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)


Current Wages


Employed: £4.00 - £28.00
Education: Paid according to work placement
Retired: £3.25
Long term sick: £3.25

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Kainos Community's Challenge to Change offending behavior programme

Kainos is contracted by MOJ to deliver its 6 month offending behavior programme Challenge to Change in 3 cat C training prisons: HMP Guys Marsh, HMP Stocken and HMP Haverigg.

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  • Job club
  • Job Centre+

Community Party for ROTL Prisoners

Local work placements


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

No limits

No of Visitors Permitted

5 visitors

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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 2
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 26.9 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

Annual Budget: £13,00,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £34,598
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.

Parliamentary Information

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA



Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.

Click Here for more information

Monitoring and Inspection
Prisons Inspectorate
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
Click Here  to download a guide to inspections
Click Here  to visit our Library Section where you can download the latest inspection reports for all prisons
Independent Monitoring Board
Each prison has an Independent Monitoring Board made up of local people who visit the prison regularly to check on the treatment of prisoners. They produce an Annual Report.
Click Here  to visit our Library Section where you can download current and earlier IMB annual reports
Click Here  to download the IMB’s information leaflet; explaining who they are and what they do.
OFSTED, who check on teaching standards in schools also visit prisons and publish a report of their findings.
Click Here  to visit our Library Section where you can download OFSTED reports for all prisons
Monitoring & Inspection
Our on-line Library has a special section containing information, reports and publications about the monitoring of prisons and related services.
Click Here  to visit the ‘Monitoring and Inspection’ section of our on-line Library
Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.

Last Update: September 2014


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