Coronavirus and FOPP

We will update this page as necessary.

EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Latest (Friday 17th July):

Although it has been announced that social visits for residents will resume as from Monday 27th July (see our Lockdown page), there is still no indication of when FOPP activities might resume.  All we know at present is that the Tea-Bar in the Visitor Centre will remain closed when visits resume, and the Visitor Centre itself will not be available to visitors as a waiting area. 

Also, the play area in the visits hall will be closed, so no Playworker support is required from us at this stage.  We are not aware of any easing of the restrictions in the education regimes yet, and FOPP remain unable to assist in these areas.  We will update our volunteers as soon as we have any further news.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will return to working from home from 1st July on a flexible part-time basis.  You can find details on how to get in touch on our Contact Us page.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a resident at HMP Peterborough or have seen something that concerns you then please call the confidential Safer Prisons service line on 01733 217577.  Messages are monitored Monday to Friday.  If you wish to speak to someone in person please listen to that answerphone message for further information.

Alternatively you can send an email to PBFamilymatters@sodexogov.co.uk Mon-Fri

Our Volunteer Coordinator is not working at present.  Temporary arrangements have been put in place to deal with any enquiries.  You can find details on our Contact Us page.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a resident at HMP Peterborough or have seen something that concerns you then please call the confidential Safer Prisons service line on 01733 217577.  Messages are monitored Monday to Friday.  If you wish to speak to someone in person please listen to that answerphone message for further information.

Alternatively you can send an email to PBFamilymatters@sodexogov.co.uk Mon-Fri

The government have compiled a Q&A list for friends and families of prisoners.  You can view the content by following this link, which will open in a new tab.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a resident at HMP Peterborough or have seen something that concerns you then please call the confidential Safer Prisons service line on 01733 217577.  Messages are monitored Monday to Friday.  If you wish to speak to someone in person please listen to that answerphone message for further information.

Alternatively you can send an email to PBFamilymatters@sodexogov.co.uk Mon-Fri

During the current pandemic our volunteer coordinator, Jane Ryan, is working from home and can be contacted by the following means:

Telephone: 07375 995 386 during our normal office hours of 11.45 am to 4.45 pm Tuesday-Thursday.

Email: jane.ryan@foppweb.co.uk.  Jane will respond to your enquiry during her next work shift as detailed above.

If you need an urgent reply that can’t wait for a normal response from Jane (in any matter relating to FOPP only) then please contact our chairperson by emailing jen.robertson@foppweb.co.uk

If you have concerns about the welfare of a resident at HMP Peterborough or have seen something that concerns you then please call the confidential Safer Prisons service line on 01733 217577.  Messages are monitored Monday to Friday.  If you wish to speak to someone in person please listen to that answerphone message for further information.

Alternatively you can send an email to PBFamilymatters@sodexogov.co.uk Mon-Fri

As mentioned in our announcement of Thursday 19th March, all FOPP volunteering activities are suspended until further notice.

Today, the prison have confirmed that all social visits are suspended until further notice.  Further information specific to HMP Peterborough is given on their website.  Government guidance regarding prison visits can be found here.

 

In common with many similar organisations and being mindful of our duty of care to our volunteers and staff, we have reluctantly decided to suspend all volunteering activities in the prison after Saturday 21st March until further notice.  We feel this will also help to minimise the risk of the virus getting into the prison.

The FOPP Tea Bar will be closed during this time and our staff will be working from home so far as is possible.  Existing volunteers will receive updates by email, and we will keep the Members Area of the website up to date with the latest information as it becomes available.

We look forward to resuming our normal activities again as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we urge everyone to look after themselves and their loved ones, and to stay safe.

In view of recent advice to avoid social gatherings as far as possible, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the Volunteers’ meeting that was scheduled for 23rd April.  We hope to rearrange it once the immediate risk from the coronavirus emergency has passed.

  • As a precaution, we have decided to postpone the H&S prison tour that had been scheduled for Thursday 19th March. 
  • A confidential email has been sent to all volunteers today (Tuesday 17th March) giving additional important information.
  • An email has been sent to all volunteers giving an emergency contact phone number if our Volunteer Coordinator is unable to be at work in the office as usual.