HALOW is an organisation which runs visitor centres in prisons in the West Midlands. It aims to support family members and friends of prisoners with things like advice and guidance, children's activities and hospitality.
HALOW (Birmingham) has grown to become a major provider of Visitors’ Centre services in the West Midlands area over the past 25 years. From dealing with 4,000 requests for help in 1990, the charity’s staff and volunteers now assist 124,400 visitors’ a year at 5 prison visitors’ centres across the West Midlands.
The charity aims to:
• Relieve poverty, sickness and distress among partners and dependants of prisoners and of prisoners where such relief affects the lives of those partners and dependants, and,
• Advance public education by research into domestic issues relating to prisoners and their families and to disseminate the useful results of such research.
The past 10 years has seen an increasing awareness amongst policy-makers about the positive effect maintaining and strengthening family ties can have on reducing re-offending. HALOW has responded to this by focusing on the development of work associated with children and families.