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Service Users' Voices

Benefits of Day Centre at HMP Manchester

You may recall that I recently mentioned to you the benefits gained from the regular meeting of the Over 50s Group of inmates since my admission here in January of last year.  I have found that there is much to be gained by all concerned from the group.  The inmates gain valuable mental stimulation from the quizzes, scrabble, chess and other activities which serve to sharpen the memories of many, some of whom are at a stage in their life where memory can escape into the ether.

A number of people have told me personally that the group gives them something to look forward to each week.  This can only be a good thing, particularly for those with a release date far into the distance.  This can only be of assistance in terms of prisoners’ self-worth and general wellbeing and will of course also be a benefit to staff who will be dealing with a happier and more contented group of people.

On behalf of those prisoners in K Wing, who have greatly benefited, I would like to pass on my thanks to yourself and to those involved in your organisation for your excellent work.  Long may it continue.

JS

Over 50s Rep

HMP Manchester K Wing

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