Regime information for Wandsworth Prison

HMP Wandsworth is a category B local prison operating a standardized core day. Opportunities to engage in purposeful activity are available through the following interventions:


  • Art
  • Business Admin
  • Creative Writing
  • ESOL
  • Functional Skills
  • Graphic Design
  • ICT
  • Open University
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Vocalise
  • Web Design
  • Food safety

Vocational Training & Workshops:

  • Barbering
  • BICSc (Industrial Cleaning)
  • Catering
  • Cycle Repair
  • Dry Lining
  • Gardens includes horticulture
  • Multiskills (Construction Skills)
  • Radio Production
  • Textiles
  • Tools Shed
  • Recycling

Other Interventions:

BEST Befriending and Support Services for Foreign Nationals at Wandsworth

A support service for foreign nationals, with volunteers meeting with the men on an ongoing basis and offering friendship and support to deal with prison life.

Fine Cell Work

Weekly training in embroidery with practical work and the opportunity to extra money selling creations to the public through Fine Cell Work.

Goldsmiths Open Book

A higher-level education course in a range of subjects (e.g. social sciences, criminology, creative writing) with the opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification through an extended project, and to work with current students from Goldsmiths University.

Liberty choir

A weekly choir held on Trinity; a great opportunity to express yourself and support good mental health.

Live Karma Yoga

A yoga course aimed at improving your mental and physical health and wellbeing, and introducing poses and routines that can be done in cell.

Kids Matter

A parenting course designed specifically for men in prison, to provide an opportunity for men to share experiences and learn from each other, as well as from the course facilitators.

Job Planet

A short course designed at improving employability skills.

Middlesex University Learning Together

A University-level module in criminology, involving studying together with students from Middlesex university, with the possibility of gaining University credits on completion.

Musician in Residence

A weekly opportunity to learn from a professional musician, whether you have no musical experience or lots. Learn a new instrument, improve your current skills, write new songs, or just jam.

Official Prison Visitors

A National organisation of volunteers who visit prisoners by request, whether to offer support with an issue or simply to lend a friendly ear.

Plan B Mindfulness

A course aiming to provide you with skills and techniques to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, as well as to strengthen general mental health and wellbeing. Available in large groups, small groups, 1:1 sessions, and in-cell work.

Shannon Trust

An opportunity for men who cannot read to work with a peer mentor to improve literacy skills, or for prisoners to train as a peer mentor and help others.

St Giles Trust

A professional training programme leading to a Level 3 in Information, Advice, and Guidance, leading to a role as a peer advisor working across the prison to support men in Reception, Induction, Healthcare, Equality, and Resettlement.


An intensive employability course focusing on a wide range of employability skills as well as support with CVs and disclosure letters, with opportunities to meet with real employers and potentially create employment opportunities for release while still inside.

Strive Employability Plus

A one-week employability course focusing on CVs, covering letters, and job interview prep.

Strive Parenting Fundamentals

A modular course focusing on different aspects of the fundamentals of parenting.


A mentoring programme for young men in the last 4-8 months of their sentence; the men are matched up with a volunteer mentor who meets with him once a week up to release, and then continues the relationship in the community.

Forward Trust Led 1 – 1 Sessions

In Cell Work (Forward Trust)

Living Safely Programme

1 week harm minimisation group covering topic; overdose prevention, safer injecting/routes of administration, BBV’S, Seeking safety, substance misuse awareness, NPS

Stepping Stones

4 week substance misuse course which looks at a wide range of topics such as; Motivational enhancement therapy, seeking safety, relationships, anger management, boundaries, substance misuse awareness, honesty, commitments, self- care, grounding, recovery thinking, building support networks and relapse preventions

Anger Management

2 day workshop


1 day workshop


Stepping Stones but in Romanian


12 step 6 month abstinence based programme; includes other activities such as Yoga, CA/NA/AA, and acupuncture

Money Management

Victim Awareness

Getting it Right

A week long program designed to offer strategies to help with behavioural change.

You will learn key techniques, take part in tasks and join in group discussions to explore how change is possible if you work at it. During the course you will create a plan of action to take away and use to maintain your new behaviour in the future.


Two gymnasiums and one sports hall.


Wandsworth has a dedicated Chaplaincy Team led by the Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by the following full and part time denominations: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and by a Muslim Chaplain (Imam). Our provision is supported by a number of sessional chaplains including Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Mormon and Jehovah's witness chaplains. The Co-ordinating Chaplain makes all appointments in conjunction with the various faith groups and Religious Consultative Services in accordance with national guidelines.


A 3-week multi choice pre-select menu available on all wings. This covers most religious, ethical, ethnic and personal needs. Includes Halal, Vegetarian, and healthy option dishes

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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