Berwyn currently offers offending behaviour programmes delivered by the interventions team. These are designed to reduce the risk of reoffending and are linked to the specific needs of our men through sentence planning. We will deliver 3 accredited offending behaviour programmes:

  • Resolve
  • Building Better Relationships (BBR)
  • Thinking Skills Programme (TSP)

The interventions team is also involved in multiagency public protection work, working with partnership agencies (Police, Offender Management Unit, Probation, Social Services and Community Psychiatric Service) in order to effectively manage men whilst they are at Berwyn and upon release.

Coleg Berwyn and PACT (Prisoners And Communities Together) will also deliver family intervention/parenting skills courses for men who wish to repair and strengthen family ties.

Offender Management Unit (OMU)

Berwyn has opened with the new Offender Management Model. Each man will be allocated a Key Worker on arrival. Probation Officers will work within the establishment, alongside Prison Service Supervising Officers to deliver sentence management using the Offender Assessment System (OASys) for high and medium risk men. Any low risk men who do not require an OASys sentence management plan will be managed using progression plans by their Key Worker. High and medium risk men will also have a progression plan to complement their OASys.

The Key Worker scheme has been developed to enable Prison Officers on the communities to case manage 6-10 men at a time. Their responsibility is to support and encourage the men to address their offending behaviour, and help them to lead productive lives while they are at Berwyn, and when they are released.

At Berwyn, the Prison and Probation Officers working in the OMU are referred to as Case Workers. Other establishments and new Offender Management Model policy refers to them collectively as Prison Offender Managers (POMs). Probation Officers outside of the establishment are referred to as Community Offender Managers (COMs).

Novus Cambria

Novus Cambria will deliver quality education and vocational training, which will enable men to gain sustainable employment upon release and through Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) opportunities. Each learner will have an Individual Learning and Work Plan (ILWP), which will be tailored to their resettlement needs and shared within the establishment.

Coleg Berwyn Courses

  • LiteracyNumeracy
  • ESOLWelsh Language Skills
  • Health & SafetyBasic Food Hygiene
  • Personal & Social DevelopmentCatering& Independent Living
  • ArtMusic & Performing Arts
  • Virtual Campus LearningMedia
  • EmployabilityIntroduction to Information Technology
  • Peer MentoringSports & Nutrition

Higher Learning

  • Education & Training Level 3
  • Information Advice & Guidance Level 4

All education classes lead to nationally accredited qualifications.

Vocational Training

Vocational training is delivered by Novus Cambria and Berwyn Industries in our workshops. Together they offer qualifications in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Joinery
  • Horticulture & AgricultureDry Lining
  • Plastering
  • Waste Management
  • Railway Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Berwyn Cleaning Services
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Upholstery & Dry Cleaning

Sustainability Hub

  • Furniture Restoration
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Bee Keeping
  • Enterprise
  • Self-employment

Work Based Learning

  • Laundry
  • DHL Distribution Centre
  • Interserve Industries
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Waste Management
  • Library Assistant
  • Gymnasium
  • Community Work
  • Catering
  • Information DeskServery

Learning support is offered to students by college and workshop mentors, who work with instructors and tutors to identify and offer support to students throughout their course.

Enrichment Activities

During the evenings, enrichment activities will take place on communities. These will include the following activities:

  • Men’s Sheds
  • Yoga
  • Book Club
  • Shannon Trust
  • Family Engagement
  • Mindfulness
  • Theatre & Drama
  • Creative Writing

The programme of enrichment activities will be periodically reviewed with the men.

The Virtual Campus is installed within the college and other areas within the establishment, such as workshops. The Virtual Campus will provide a valuable resource to the men and will be used to optimise learning opportunities for the men.

Careers information and advice service

This service is not currently available at Berwyn. However, we are working closely with Careers Wales to secure funding from Welsh Government for a careers information and advice service.

PE department

The PE department at Berwyn delvers a high quality programme of activities using excellent gym facilities to promote healthy living, camaraderie and vocational training. As well as providing a recreational service similar to what is available with leisure providers, men will be given the opportunity to gain qualifications through accredited programmes which will have a clear path of progression for work experience, further education and employment on release.

Facilities include:

  • Full size 3G football pitch
  • 4 mini football pitches
  • 6 fully equipped fitness suites
  • Full sized sports hall

The PE programme will include:

  • Football (11 A-side & 5 A-side)
  • Circuit Training
  • Rugby
  • Spinning
  • Badminton
  • Olympic Lifting
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Indoor Tennis
  • Carpet Bowls
  • Conditioning Training
  • Weight Loss Clubs
  • Tackling Drugs through Sport
  • Self-Assessment Questionnaire

Industries department

Berwyn has a combination of prison industries and private contracted industries run by Interserve. Prison industries will provide vocational qualifications for working the following workshops:

  • Laundry
  • Horticulture
  • Waste Management
  • Industrial Cleaning

Interserve will provide vocational qualifications for working in the following workshops:

  • Call Centre
  • Welding
  • Call Centre Support Team
  • Printing and Embroidery
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Ink Cartridge
  • Recycling
  • Waste recycling
  • Textile Recycling
  • Domestic Wind Turbine

A DHL distribution centre will operate from Berwyn, providing a large scale picking, packing and sorting service of nationwide canteen orders, as well as a range of Warehouse Operative qualifications.


Berwyn library books are provided by Wrexham Council Library. There is a range of fiction and non-fiction books to borrow and magazines which can be read in the Library. Members can borrow 5 items on their library card and they are issued for 3 weeks at a time. Due to the link with the Council, if a book is not available it can be requested from another branch. The library has reading group meeting, runs the Shannon Trust mentoring scheme, Storybook Dads and Reading Ahead (formerly known as the 6 Book Challenge). The service is available for men and staff at Berwyn.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 08:30 – 12:00 hours  13:30 – 17:00 hours  17:30 – 19:00 hour

Friday: 08:30 – 12:00 hours  13:30 – 18:00 hours

Saturday: 08:30 – 12:00 hours  13:30 – 17:00 hours


Led by a Catering Manager with a team of 16 staff, 50 men are employed to prepare meals, with qualifications available in food safety. Pre-select menus are available to all men and all diets are catered for. We are yet to be inspected, but aspire to be awarded the highest 5*mark. The catering department works across the establishment to provide catering services for a number of events throughout the year.

Up to 15 men will be completing catering qualifications at any one time. Qualifications available are:

  • Food Safety & Catering
  • Food Production
  • Bakery Production
  • Health & Safety
  • Customer Service


Berwyn’s Chaplaincy is managed by a full-time Managing Chaplain. The team of full time and part time visiting Chaplains work together to look after the spiritual and religious needs of everyone at Berwyn. All faiths are affirmed and respected. However, you do not have to be religious to get help from the Chaplaincy. They also look after the general welfare of everyone. There is a Chapel and a Multi-Faith Room at Berwyn where services are held for Christian, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Pagan, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Latter Day Saints and Rastafari worship. We also hold a Welsh language Christian service.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing services are provided by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). Our priority at Berwyn is to help people to change for the better. We want the men to feel healthy and well, and to feel in control of their thinking and behaviour. By treating each man as an individual with individual needs we will assist men to access services in Berwyn as they would in the community, including registration with a GP and ongoing medicines review, physical health services, access to therapies and different levels of mental health interventions. Peer supporters and staff across Berwyn will help the men to access the parts of the service most relevant to them. Plans of care will set out goals and prepare men for a healthy life when they go home to their communities. Referrals will also be made where necessary to services outside Berwyn including at local hospitals. Health care is available 24 hours per day for those who need to access it urgently outside the normal working day.

Smoke free environment

Berwyn is a place of change and safety, and we want it to be a clean and healthy environment for all who live and work with in it. Promoting all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing to all, and abiding by the law. Having a smoke free site enables all at Berwyn to take part and promote healthy living and working together.
Our aim is to support and ensure a smoke free environment for everyone. The implementation of a smoke –free establishment is that, it protects the rights of non-smokers and encourages smokers to give up. It ensures your living accommodation and working environment’s remain clean and that the remnants of tar and tobacco smells are not present, creating a calm and relaxing environment. Having this environment in Berwyn plays an essential part in offering encouragement to those who have stopped smoking, and supporting the mentors and non-smokers.  
Berwyn is also one of the first establishments to trial the in room Electronic Logic PRO vaporiser system which supports men to reduce and stop smoking.

Safe communities

Men will be managed on the houses using the Reward and Responsibility strategy. Where a man continually fails to comply with the regime, he may be relocated to Ogwen. Ogwen is the name of our Care and Support Unit (CaSu). It can accommodate 21 men. Men who reside in Ogwen will receive intensive support to address their behaviour which could include input from specialist staff such as the interventions team. The Reward and Responsibility strategy is community membership based approach, and offers men incentivised benefits for being an engaged member of Berwyn’s community.

Drugs and alcohol recovery services

Berwyn’s vision is to revolutionise the way to rehabilitate men in custody. Ensuring that men with misuse substances have the opportunity to recover with the support of all those who live and work Berwyn. Our approach introduces a more robust but supportive way of managing illicit substance use and the supply of substances. We will support and encourage men to engage in treatment through a staged approach as well as ensure there is the opportunity to be rehabilitated. This will be particularly directed at men who continue to engage in illicit substance use, are involved in the drug culture or are influential in maintaining such a culture. A multi-faceted approach will involve a co-ordinated response that incorporates a number of teams within Berwyn working together in achieving the aims of reducing supply, encouraging treatment and acknowledging progress. This is a whole prison approach with multidisciplinary and multi-functional input. Some key contributors include:

The Health and Wellbeing Service provided by Betsi Cadawaldr University Health Board (BCUHB) who will provide:

  • Clinical and psychosocial substance misuse treatment through the Integrated Substance Misuse Service (ISMS)
  • Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Team
  • Primary Care Services
  • Therapy Services
  • Pharmacy
  • The security and intelligence function
  • Residential services
  • Safer custody and violence reduction
  • Men who are employed as Recovery Champions
  • Attendees of the Medicines Management Meetings

Grocery shopping

Men are able to purchase canteen items from the DHL contract provider. Over 375 lines are available which include provision for vegans. Separate arrangements are in place for purchases by minority ethnic groups. Regular council meetings are held with men to review what is available.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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