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HMP HEWELL Prison Regime Info


Address

Hewell Lane Redditch Worcestershire B97 6QS image of HMP HEWELL prison

Phone No.

01527 785000

Governor / Director

Stephanie Roberts-Bibby

Category

Male Cat. B

Region

West Midlands

Operational Capacity

1,271

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

Yes

IMB

Chair: Mr Anthony Roper
Vice Chair: Mr John Barritt

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MP Hewell was created by an amalgamation of the three former prisons on this site, Blakenhurst, Brockhill and Hewell Grange. Brockhill has now closed. It holds prisoners of categories ‘B’ ‘C’ and ‘D’. Accommodation is varied.

 

Houseblock 7 (the old Brockhill) 'Brockhill' closed on 30th September 2011

HMP Hewell was created by an amalgamation of the three former prisons on this site, Blakenhurst, Brockhill and Hewell Grange on 25 June 2008.

Houseblocks 1 - 6 are what used to be HMP Blakenhurst (Cat B)

Houseblock 8 is the old Hewell Grange (Cat D Open)

Houseblocks 1-6 have workshops providing Construction Industry Training, double glazing manufacture, industrial cleaning, waste management, laundry and contract services. Education provides ICT courses, ESOL, basic literacy and numeracy, art and cookery classes. Other special features include a listener scheme, ETS courses, SDP courses, alcohol and victim awareness courses and anger management. There is also a restorative justice initiative, including the SORI programme.

Houseblock 8 additionally offers external college courses, Open University distant learning, a range of ICT, Literacy and Numeracy courses. Employment throughout the estate including Farms and Gardens, Kitchen and full time employment via our Resettlement to Work Scheme.

Accommodation

House blocks 1-6 single or double occupancy. House block 8 is dormitory accommodation.

Facilities

  • Cell power
  • Own bedding (enhanced)
  • Own clothing (remand and convicted outside the core day)
  • Playstation (PS2 and enhanced only)
  • Television (55p per week)

In addition, across all the houseblocks there is Information, Advice and Guidance offering services such as Preparation for Work training, CV writing, completing job applications and individual guidance interviews.


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UNLOCKING TIMES


Houseblocks 1-6

Mon: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 19:45
Tue: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 19:45
Wed: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 19:45
Thu: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:30 & 18:00 - 19:45
Fri: 08:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30
Sat: 08:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30
Sun: 08:00 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30
These times do not apply to Houseblock 8, which is an open prison.


ASSOCIATION


Houseblocks 1-6

Mon: 18:00 - 19:45
Tue: 18:00 - 19:45
Wed: 18:00 - 19:45
Thu: 18:00 - 19:45
Fri: 13:30 - 17:00
Sat: 08:30 - 12:00 & 13:30 - 17:00
Sun: 08:30 - 12:00 & 13:30 - 17:00
These times do not apply to Houseblock 8, which is an open prison.


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

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

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LIBRARY


The library service in HMP Hewell is provided by Worcestershire Libraries and Learning.

There are two libraries, one in HBs 1-6, the Cat B building and one in the Grange Resettlement Unit, the open prison.

The library in 1-6 is open every day Monday to Friday, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The library at GRU is open every morning, afternoon and evening, including weekends.

The libraries have a wide range of stock including Education books, Quick and easy reads, graphic novels. foreign language and large print books, spoken words CDs and music and meditation CDs.

Library staff provide an enquiry and reservation service, and there is a full selection of prison and legal information.

Prisoners can borrow books from any branch library in the county.

There are library collections on Segregation, Healthcare and the VP unit, and quick pick collections on most of the wings.

Library staff co-ordinate Toe by Toe in both libraries and run Storybook Dads at GRU.

The Six Book Challenge runs every year, and there are other special events throughout the year.

The Writer in Residence runs book clubs, creative writing sessions and other activities. Both libraries have Books on Prescription collections.

Prisoners are able to use three computers, with permission of senior staff, for job applications, CVs, education and creative writing.
 


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FAITH


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 Hewell is: Maggie Schutte

Full-time Catholic Chaplain
Full-time and 2 Part-time Muslim Chaplains

Sessional Free Church Chaplain
Sessional Sikh Chaplain
Visiting Buddhist Chaplain
Visiting Rabbi

Facilities for;

  • Hindus
  • Jehovah Witness
  • Mormons
  • Pagans
  • Sikhs

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HEALTHCARE


Specialist Clinics

  • CPN: Daily
  • Dentist: 11 sessions per week
  • InReach: Daily
  • Optician: Every three weeks
  • Physio: Every two weeks (HB7 monthly)
  • Podiatry: Monthly (HB7 quarterly)
  • Stop Smoking: 4 sessions per week

 


Nearest Hospitals

Alexandra Hospital
Woodrow Drive, Redditch B98 7UB
01527 503 030
4.5 miles
A&E

Solihull Hospital
Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JL
0121 424 2000
11 miles from B97 6QS
A&E
 


NHS Healthcare Information for Hewell

Prison Healthcare Manager - Blakenhurst: Jackie Cockrell
Tel: 01527 785 000

Prison Healthcare Manager - Brockhill: Jackie Cockerell
Tel: 01527 785 000

Prison Healthcare Manager - Hewell Grange: Trish Cerrone
Tel: 01527 785 000

PCT: Worcester Primary Care Trust
West Midlands 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: 0800 917 7919 (Freephone voice and minicom)
Fax: 01905 763130
Email: PALS@worcestershire.nhs.uk

Freepost RSAS-EKJR-YKRG
PALS
NHS Worcestershire
Ground Floor, West Wing
Wildwood
Wildwood Drive
WORCESTER
WR5 2LG

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


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
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)
JHP Group Ltd
Sutherland House, Matlock Road, Foleshill, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 4JQ
Tel: 024 7666 7891
 


Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Languages
  • Life & Social Skills
  • Maths
  • Open University
  • Pottery

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 50134

To read their latest report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops

Contract Services x4
Engineering x2
Laundry
 
Employment

Employment includes;

  • Bricklaying
  • Catering
  • Fork Lift
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • NPTC Driving
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Performing Manufacturing
  • Plastering
  • Sports Studies

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Basic Literacy Course, Entry Level
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
ESOL Skills for Life
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
Health and Safety in the Workplace
ICT Skills for Life
Introductory Radio Production
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
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Working with Others
National Introduction to Self Employment
National Skills for Self Employment
National Success in Self Employment
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NVQ Diploma in Barbering (QCF)
NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)
NVQ in Hairdressing
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
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
QCF provision - Level 2, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
QCF provision - Level 3, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Radio Production
Specialist Task Course

Spoken Communication and Presentation (ESOL) - Pre-Entry 1 - Introductory Certificate of Success 1

 


Current Wages

 

Employed: £7.00 - £20.00
Education: £14.00 - £15.00
Retired: £3.25
Long term sick: £3.25
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Anger Control Training
  • Cognitive Skills Booster Programme
  • ETS
  • Short Duration programme
  • Victim Awareness Programme

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RESETTLEMENT


  • Job Centre +
  • Job Club
  • Self-Employment Classes
  • Working Out

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

16

No of Visitors Permitted

2 adults and unlimited children

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
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: 26.2 (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.
 


PRISON BUDGET
Annual Budget: £27,000,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £33,639
*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
CONSTITUENCY: Bromsgrove
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Sajid Javid (Conservative)

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

 

Local Authority
Bromsgrove District Council
Bromsgrove District Customer Service Centre, School Drive, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 1AA .
Tel: 01527 881288
Click Here for link

You can contact the local authority on matters such as libraries, environmental health, trading standards, food hygiene, social services, education and electoral registration.

Trading Standards
The nearest Trading Standards department is at:
Worcestershire County Council, Trading Standards Service, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP
Tel: 08454 040506
Click Here for link

Trading Standards can help with problems with purchases such as weights and measures, ‘best by’ dates, pricing & faulty goods.


COMMUNICATIONS

Telephones
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.

Letters
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.

Photographs
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.

Money
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].

Visits
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.

Emergencies
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.

EMAIL A PRISONER
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

 


Prison Video Link (PVL)
Houseblocks 1-6 (Blakenhurst) has PVL

All prisons with video link facilities have at least one courtroom and two briefing rooms where the defendant can hold a conference with their solicitor before and, if required, after their court hearing.

If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.

The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.

It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority. At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.

To book the Video Link facility for Houseblocks 1-6 telephone: 01527 405000 ext 3768

To book the Video Link facility for Houseblock 7 telephone: 01527 552650 ext 2882

 


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
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
 
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: June 2013

 



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