Regime information for Manchester Prison
The Education provider is Manchester College. Classes that are offered include Skills for life, IT, ESOL, Flexible learning, Numeracy, Life skills and Parent craft. Some classes are based in the education department, however there are also wing based classes for those who are unable to attend and education support for prisoners who work in the workshops on a full time basis. Victim Awareness courses are also offered through the education department.
Training courses are offered in IT, Industrial cleaning and Bakery (opens 2013). All courses offer national recognised qualifications and are linked to employment opportunities. There is also an opportunity for prisoners to gain an NVQ in catering.
There are workshops in Textiles, Printing and a large well equipped laundry. All areas offer training and have embedded skills for life support.
There is a large well equipped sports hall and gymnasium. Recreational gym is offered Evenings Monday – Thursday and Mornings and Afternoons Saturday and Sunday. Accredited courses are delivered in the mornings and afternoons; these include FOCUS gym instructor, CSLA level 2 and First Aid at Work. There are also 2 courses accredited by the Open College Network, these are Get Fit for Life and Weight Training Theory. Also, there are cardio vascular gyms on some of the wings.
The Psychology department offers the following programmes, Thinking Skills Programme (TSP), Healthy Relationships High and Moderate intensity Programmes and RESOLVE. Prisoners can be referred for these programmes but are only offered a place after an in depth assessment as to their suitability.
Services and Interventions
Interventions and Services are offered to reduce re-offending, these focus investment where it will achieve better outcomes. A list of services are: Accommodation advice, Job Centre Plus, Pro Social Modelling, Medication which includes Healthcare and Mental Health In Reach Team (MHIT), Substance Treatment and Recovery Team (STAR), Peer Mentoring and Building Skills for Recovery (BSR).