What prisoners say about New Bridge

Each year New Bridge asks the prisoners with a befriender to give their views on New Bridge and to share their stories. The 2016 report shows that:

“I’m serving ‘life’ in prison and became lonely and isolated, trapped, so I needed someone to talk to. Having contact with a New Bridge volunteer has helped with my confidence and self-esteem. I now feel positive about the future.”

164 prisoners participated in the survey. Most are serving long indeterminate sentences for a range of offences including very serious offences of a violent or sexual nature.

* Before writing to New Bridge 34%  had no contact with the outside world.

* 95% said that New Bridge had helped to reduce their feelings of isolation.

* 100%  said that they would recommend the Befriending Service to others that they have met in custody.

 “New Bridge has been my saviour. It is a fabulous service.”

Read the 2016 evaluation report in the News section

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