Regime information for Sheppey Cluster (Elmley) Prison

A variety of activities are available at HMP Elmley.  Our Learning and Skills Policy states that everyone will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional English and Maths and there is an expectation that, whatever your sentence length, you are working towards this as part of your learner journey.

Education concentrates on improving Functional Skills in English, Maths, ESOL and ICT, as well as delivering City and Guilds Construction qualifications.  English, Maths, ESOL and Employability qualifications are also available across Industries as work-based learning.  An community art project is run on HB 2.  Equality and Diversity qualifications are offered on an Outreach one to one basis.

Daily employment is available in Horticulture, where accredited City & Guilds vocational qualifications will be delivered later in 2018.  There are also opportunities on site in environmental services, recycling and production workshops.  Laundry offers work experience and the opportunity to gain an accredited Level 2 NVQ in Cleaning and Laundering.

BICSc and Biohazard qualifications are available in Industrial Cleaning, along with the opportunity to practice new skills across the establishment and gain useful work experience.  Food Hygiene qualifications are also available for kitchen workers.  There are courses available through Forward Trust such as Living Safely, Crack Cocaine, Alcohol Dependency and Treatment Programme (ADTP) and a Bridges course.

Other available programmes include Thinking Skills (TSP) and Building Better Relationships (BBR) when identified as a genuine sentence plan need.  We use peer workers extensively in conjunction with Seetec, our Resettlement provider and other agencies in relation to accommodation, employment, assistance with bank accounts, citizen ID cards, birth certificates and Information and Guidance (IAG).

We also employ classroom assistants to support learners in education.  Fitness Instructor, First Aid and Diet and Nutrition courses are delivered in the Gymnasium. A mentoring qualification is also available through the education provider, primarily for those who want to work in key peer worker roles.

In addition to this, HMP Elmley are committed to delivering Employment Events every three months, where a selection of reputable employers attend and offer live vacancies to candidates, as well as apprenticeships and training opportunities on release. Assistance is given to write a CV and disclosure letter by CXK, our Careers Advice provider. A wide range of support is given to candidates in advance of these events, both by peer mentor groups and the Reducing Reoffending team at Elmley.

In addition to the above the following have been introduced for 2018.

Forklift Truck Counterbalance Training

This course is run by Mainstream Group and is a 5 day forklift counterbalance training course. It will give a 5 year accredited ITSAAR ticket.

This course has an employment link with Mainstream Group on release and those accredited will receive a guaranteed interview.

Streetworks Course

This course is run by Mainstream Group and is a 5 day accredited SQA streetworks course. It will give those that pass a 5 year accredited ticket and will qualify them to carry out the manual excavation and reinstatement of footpaths and highways.

This course has employment link with Mainstream Group on release and you will receive a guaranteed interview.

Traffic Management

Suitable for clients who want to work in construction/ labouring industry. Learning cover cones, temporary traffic lights and health and safety. Duration of 1.5 days. Successful completion of course gives clients a temporary ticket which lasts 6 months, which will then be permanent ticket when working and assessed while working.

In House Records

Singer? Rapper? Producer? Songwriter? Manager? In House Records is the first Record Label to be launched in a UK Prison at HMP Elmley. This project focuses on gaining a variety of skills through the medium of music, including making , creating or business management and administration.

If you are interested in learning new skills, gaining banks of learning that are accredited by Universal
Records, Fender Guitars, Roland Keyboards, Island Records and BBC Radio, creating music, managing, playing an instrument or producing, this is a fantastic opportunity.


Pact (Prison Advice Care Trust) are a charitable organisation, working on the NOMS CFO3 programme aimed at reducing re-offending and assisting prisoners with any outstanding issues prior to release.

We currently offer the following workbooks and 121 to clients which focus on the above areas. Some are accredited by PACT.

Pact HMPPS Accredited Courses

Victim Awareness- Focusing on Victim Awareness, Victim Empathy and Perspective Thinking

Managing your Worry- Focusing on Understanding Worry, Challenge: You’re Beliefs about Worry, My Worry, My Worry Diary, Worry Time Technique, Problem Solving Your Practical Worries, Letting Go of Worry, Worry & Breathing

Mindfulness- Focusing on Mindfulness exercises, Mindfulness Art, Letting go with Mindfulness

Beyond Basic-  Focusing on My Errors my Obstacles, Facing Barriers, Moving on and Positivity Enhanced Status, Maintaining Yourself

Preparing for Parole- Focusing on What have I done to prepare for my parole, History in custody, Communication skills, Release plan

Parenting- Focusing on Being a Parent, Child development, Talking to your child, The World around us, Development through play, Setting boundaries for children.

Workbooks & 121’s

Consequential Thinking- Focusing on Changing Behaviour, My Future and my Lifeline, Who’s there for me?, My Offending – Gains and Losses, Preventing Reoffending

Managing my Finances- Focusing on Maths –applied to real life, Renting and budgeting How much?, Loans and credit cards, My finances on release

Preparing for Release- Focusing on Understanding my Triggers for re-offending, Identifying my needs, 12 weeks prior to release, Planning my day of release & Managing appointments Licence, Support in the community

My Life Sentence- Focusing on Life – what it means to me, OASys and Offending Behaviour Targets, Stages of my sentence, Therapeutic Communities/ PIPE units, My history in custody, Parole, Perspectives, Life Licence

Short Courses/ Vets- Learner must complete either 10hrs or 22 hrs of learning to gain entry qualification

Financial Skills- Focusing on Money in and Money out, Keeping track, Making Financial choices

Living Independently- Focusing on Earning and Spending money, A place of your own, Career Management

PSHE- Focusing on Keeping Healthy, Wellbeing, Personal Relationships, Parenting

Plan B Mindfulness (8 week course)

The full recommended course that shows long term positive changes in the attendees. After 8 weeks of regular practice, mindfulness would become an innate part of their working life.

  • Introduction to Mindfulness Lecture.
  • 5 Mindfulness meditation practices.
  • Coming out of Autopilot and breaking free from the cognitive cycle.
  • Breathing Exercises – relaxation, sleep, balancing, reactivity.
  • Reacting and Responding.
  • Getting more from your day – Group work.
  • Mindful walking and Mindful movement


160,000 children each year have a parent in prison. At Spurgeons, our aim is to improve the lives of those children and their families who are affected by a parent being in prison. We offer

  • Visits centre service
  • Visits play area
  • Family engagement
  • Family days
  • One-to-one support and signposting

Our prisoner and family support services across England allow children to visit their loved ones in a friendly environment and our support programmes give young people the chance to reduce negative behaviours and build a better future.

Aspire Higher

A violence reduction programme which focuses on changing mindsets, goal setting, motivation and inspiration. Through a combination of group work and one to ones, the men are encouraged to think in a more positive, purposeful and goal orientated way, to break the cycle of violence.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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