- Prince Regent Commercial Centre , 8 Prince Regent Road , Belfast , BT5 6QR
- Contact Person
- Morven McFadden,
- Telephone Number
- 028 9079 2419
- Email Address
- Web Address
Cruse Bereavement Care offers support to all members of society, including people who are imprisoned. In conjunction with the Northern Ireland Prison Service, we deliver a service which supports bereaved prisoners both as they serve their sentence and within the community on their release.
The aim of providing this support is to work towards a reduction in re-offending rates and to promote resettlement back into the community. The service is funded by the Northern Ireland Prison Service and it is delivered by trained Cruse volunteers and supervisors.
What does the Prison Support Service provide?
The Cruse Prison Support Service provides bereavement support to prisoners over the age of 18 who are finding it difficult to cope with their grief while serving their sentence, whether their bereavement is recent, or some time ago. Grieving in prison can be extremely difficult due to the separation from the normal family unit and its support, which means that often prisoners stand the least chance of coming to terms with bereavement than any other group in our society.
For more information on why grieving in prison can be difficult, you can read our ‘Grief on the Inside’ leaflet which can be downloaded from the website
Who do we provide support to?
Currently, our Bereavement Support Volunteers support bereaved female prisoners and young offenders in HMP Hydebank Wood and male prisoners in both HMP Magilligan and HMP Maghaberry. The service is available to any prisoner who has been bereaved. If you know someone in prison who might benefit from bereavement support, please contact the Prison Support Manager, who will be able to provide you with information on how that person can access the service within their prison.
- Available to Age Groups
- Category of Services
- Areas covered