Hindley Prison information


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Hindley was originally opened in 1961 as a borstal and became a youth custody centre in 1983. The establishment has undergone a number of population changes over recent years however it is currently a Young Offenders and Adult Male Category C establishment. Hindley has a number of residential wings and the two populations are housed separately although they mix throughout the day in all other areas. Hindley has excellent facilities and services which includes excellent workshop space for vocational courses.

HMP/YOI Hindley
Barracks Road

Tel: 01942 663100
Fax: 01942 663101

Governor: Mark Livingston

Operational Capacity: Capacity: 664 (as of August 2015)

Reception Criteria: Category C adult males who have been sentenced to four years or less and young males, aged 18 – 21 years, who are serving sentences of over 12 months and up to 4 years.

Accommodation: The site has seven units (Alder, Beech, Cedar, Dove, Elm, Fir and Juniper), Juniper is adapted for those with mobility problems.

Latest inspection report: HMP Hindley - December 2017 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Hindley - December 2018 (PDF)


Education and training: The education and training services at HMP/YOI Hindley are provided by The Manchester College. The courses we offer link in with the National Employers Engagement Strategy and NOMS for the North West, which stipulates that all learners are mandated to achieve a minimum of Level 1 in Literacy and Numeracy before they can move on to an employment pathway of their choice, once in this placement they are supported to work towards Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy. The curriculum we deliver has been designed to be attentive to the employment market needs and therefore emphasize strong progression routes which will enable employability chances and furnish skills upon release. Offenders therefore have a choice of following one of the hubs; Catering and Hospitality, Multi Media, Construction Skills, Distribution and Warehousing or the Community Development hub.

Purposeful activity: A range of purposeful activity is available at HMP/YOI Hindley include domestic duties, cleaning duties, kitchen, gym, chapel, library, gardens, recycling, recycling and stores.

PE facilities: Large sports hall, marked out for football, badminton, basketball and volleyball, x2 fully equipped weightlifting areas, cardiovascular area, remedial room, good showering and changing facilities: x2 Astroturf football pitches, grass sports field (full size football and rugby pitch).

Sport and leisure hub: Available for adults/young adults who are keen on gaining employment in the health and fitness industry, a wide range of professional sports qualifications are available to enable every opportunity of success.

Chaplaincy: Hindley has a Christian Chapel and a separate Multi-Faith Centre, where the Chaplaincy team are based.  There is a full programme of services and groups for all faiths.  Offenders are informed of these on reception and given a leaflet with full information.  As well as services and faith-based, groups, personal support is available to those of all faiths and none.  There is also a prison scheme for Prison Visitors which the Chaplaincy organise.

Healthcare: The provision of healthcare services within HMP/YOI Hindley is provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Partnership. The healthcare centre is purpose built and has out patient facilities staffed 24 hours a day by trained nurses who can provide care for both physical and mental health needs. The healthcare provided includes regular access to a doctor who has a daily surgery, twice weekly access to a dentist, immunisation clinics and a variety of nurse led specialist health care clinics aimed at maintaining and improving individuals overall health, including substance misuse, psycho-social and clinical interventions are available throughout the week.  Offenders also have access to wing based treatment rooms a number of times through out the day.

Safeguarding & Offender Management: Hindley has extensive safeguarding and child protection arrangements in place and a multi-disciplinary team including specialist Prison Officers, Social Workers and Youth Offending Team workers provide support and direction for young people during their time in custody.

Confidential Support Line: If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of any man in HMP/YOI Hindley, you can call the Confidential Support Line on 01942 663294. This is an answerphone service that is checked daily, please leave as much information as possible including a telephone number and we will call you back with an update.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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