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