Regime information for Ashfield Prison

Education and Employment

All prisoners have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of both educational activities such as Book Keeping, Business Skills, Digital Art, Music Production and also vocational training opportunities including Horticulture, Motor Vehicle, Electrics, Painting & Decorating and Carpentry. All of which provides them with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to assist them into further Education or Employment upon release. Prisoners can also chose to undertake employment whilst in Ashfield including Kitchens, Waste Management, Laundry and Printing, again providing them the necessary skills to assist them in finding employment upon their release.


The area is stocked with at least 4000 fiction and non-fiction books, additional reference and statutory information is available to all. The library also has a selection of computers with restricted internet access.


A wide range of activities will be provided to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all prisoners, including an astro-turf pitch, climbing wall, fitness suite and sports hall. Activities such as YOGA, Tai-Chi, and Boules will be available in recognition of the broad age group of our population. The Physical Education department will also work alongside Healthcare to encourage prisoners to live healthy lifestyles and provide education and information on diet, fitness and general well-being. 


Ashfield provides opportunities for young people to engage in safe, supervised, structured employment, which will benefit the young person and the prison community. In particular, the prison has developed links with Avon & Somerset Fire and Rescue, Wessex Water and several catering employers.


Ashfield has 24 hour nursing cover. The services of an on-call Medical Officer are available 24 hours a day.


Young people can be referred by the MO and/or Clinical Manager except in cases where Court reports are required.


Appointments will be scheduled by nursing staff.

Substance Misuse

HMP Ashfield has a fully Integrated Wellbeing service including mental health, substance misuse and learning disability. This is a multidisciplinary recovery service working to the Inside Recovery Model and incorporates detoxification, group work, individual sessions, drug and alcohol awareness, relapse prevention and harm minimisation.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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