Regime and resettlement information

Regime provision at HMP & YOI Hollesley Bay includes Work, Full and Part time Education along with opportunities to engage with the local community on both Community/Training Placements and on the Paid Working out Scheme.

Work within the prison includes Kitchens, Gardens, Clothing Exchange Store, Recycling, Works, Staff Mess, Transport Department and a number of Orderly positions. NVQ qualifications can be achieved in both the Kitchen and the Staff Mess.

The Sports Centre operates during the day delivering qualifications at Level 1 & 2 including Healthy Living, Fitness Instructor, Circuit Training and First Aid at Work/Defibrillator Training. It also opens five evenings per week and weekend mornings offering a wide range of sporting activities.

Our Full and Part time Education is provided by A4e. They offer Full time Vocational courses in Plastering, Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating and Multiskills which can be combined with Numeracy and Literacy. They offer Part time education in Literacy, Numeracy, and ITQ and more importantly an Employability Course is available. It is possible to either continue with Distance Learning or apply for funding from here.

The prison also delivers up to five Sycamore Tree course per year.

Drug Strategy

Hollesley Bay accepts prisoners on the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) subject to prior agreement with healthcare staff. Arrangements are made for assessment, rehabilitation treatment, education, counselling and attending volunteer groups. Drugs testing is carried out within the National Framework and drugs dogs operate. A representative from the prison sits on the Suffolk Drug Action Team, and representatives of various community drug agencies are also members of the prisons Drug Strategy Team. The approach taken to illegal drug usage at Hollesley Bay is one of teamwork centred on care for the abuser’s health and the encouragement of desistence.  Prison staff, Care UK and the RAPt organisation together provide much help, guidance, and counselling, in support of the addicted prisoner. However there is little tolerance for prisoners who are abusing Class A drugs in the open setting, and such activity will almost inevitably result in a return to the closed prison system.

The aim of the Resettlement Team is to reduce Re-offending and increase the employability of prisoners and discharge them into full-time employment, training or education. To enable us to do this we work closely with our partners providing Education, Careers Advice, Accommodation and Benefit Advice. Prisoners have access to a Job Club and Virtual Campus that allows them to seek for jobs anywhere within the UK. Our aim to ease the Resettlement process upon release is to allow prisoners time in the community prior to release by the use of RoTL (Release on Temporary Licence). This can be on a daily basis to a placement within the local community, on a weekly basis spending time with family either within the home environment or local area and then monthly when a prisoner has opportunity to go home for a maximum of 4 nights. Prisoners within their last year of discharge are able to source Paid Work within a 40 mile radius of Hollesley Bay which may help them save for their release/secure employment for their release.


All medical and dental care is delivered by our partner agency Care UK. There is on site nursing cover from 0730hrs until 1700hrs Monday to Friday and from 0730hrs until 1400hrs on Saturday and Sunday. A doctor’s surgery is scheduled six days a week. There are no in-patient facilities and our nearest NHS Hospital is 15 miles away in Ipswich.


The Chaplaincy team deliver a service for Muslims on Friday, for Catholics on Saturday, and a Church of England service is held on Sundays. All prisoners have access to a member of the team on induction, and pastoral care is sensitively delivered as necessary. Other faiths have access to a visiting minister as necessary and risk assessed Sikh prisoners normally visit the local Gurdwara.  There is a Christian Chapel and a separate World Faith Centre on the site.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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