Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact)

A Fresh Start

Our Welfare Fund combats the poverty experienced by the children and families who have a loved one in prison. It's used to provide essential items such as food, clothing and white goods.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (219278)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


Children with a parent in prison are the hidden victims of crime. As well as facing the trauma of separation (95% of children whose mothers are in prison leave their family home) many children with a parent in prison live in greater poverty and face further disadvantages in terms of their education and health. Supporting families and tackling poverty minimises the harm to children who have a parent or key family member in prison,


This project will reach around 70-80 children who have a parent in prison. Our Welfare Fund tackles the poverty faced by children and families whose loved ones are in prison. It provides essential items such as food, clothing and white goods. As well as being of immediate practical help, the welfare fund increases resilence as homes are less stressful for children when there is food and a fridge.

  • "It was great, it helped me a lot. I was able to buy food for myself and my children when there were issues with my Universal Credit. I was also able to buy my son's uniform for when he goes back to school in September."

    — mother

  • “I want thank you for all the help you gave. In the last 3 months you were the only person who gave good news and show interest in helping. You not only do your job, you show care for people, for us who is struggling, and on this days its rare"

    — mother of two children

  • "thank you for the cooker, I feel like a better father already and already been researching lots of toddler friendly meals for me and my son, he cannot wait to try them."

    — Single Father released from prison, with full care of his son