Regimes at High Down

Library The Library is contracted out to Surrey Libraries, and stocked with reference, fiction and non fiction as well as foreign language and DVDs. Prisoners are encouraged to take books on loan. A reading group meets monthly and prisoners can record Stories-to-Tape can and send them to their children or grandchildren.

Offender Management: High Down employs external staff from the Citizens Advice Bureau to visit the prison on a regular basis. It has contacts with local charities to help prisoners with accommodation and employment.

Foreign National Support – Surgeries with staff from UK Border Agency adressing immigartion issue are held weekly.

St Giles Trust – Housing advice and casework for serving prisoners, affording them access routes to accommodation on their release. St Giles trust also give accredited training in Advice and Guidance to prisoners to train as Peer Advisors, working in various departments across the prison.

Resettlement Clinic – A weekly clinic for prisoners who are near to release, which offers assistance with resettlement issues.

Drug Strategy – The department offers various drug focused workshops, harm minimisation, advice and information, and additional one-to-one work. Peer supporters are based on every residential unit, offering information to prisoners and referring clients to the team. Prisoners are offered maintenance or detoxification programme dependant on need, on a dedicated stabilization unit managed by a specialist clinical team in conjunction with prison staff. Integrated Drug Treatment Service (IDTS) is offered followed by either maintenance or detoxification. The Specialist team from health work closely with the RAPt service and Drug Strategy to deliver a psycho-social model. Continuity of care is an essential requirement to ensure that when prisoners are transferred or discharged from prison that their care is continued by appropriate others. The Substance Misuse team also work very closely with the Mental Health Service provided by Surrey & Borders Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Gymnasium: The facilities are 2 gyms, a sports field and an astro turf arena. Various activities are offered such as an Induction, weights, badminton, basketball, volleyball, Five-a-Side football and evening sessions for full-time workers only.

Chaplaincy: High Down has a full-time Anglican Chaplain, full-time Catholic Chaplain, a full-time Muslim Imam and a part-time Ecumenical Chaplain. Other religious beliefs are met by visiting religious leaders. Regular services of worship are held weekly.

Catering: The majority of the kitchen staff are priosners ( 30) with professional chefs as managers.  Prisoners can gain NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in Food Preparation & Cooking, and Royal Society for the Promotion of Health Foundation Food Hygiene certificates. They also run a BICS Cleaning course offering nationally recognized qualifications.

‘The Clink’: Click here The restaurant opened in 2009, it provides a more varied training programme for up to 28 prisoners and includes Food Service NVQ Level 2 as well as a diploma in professional cookery and also encourages the employment of ex-offenders into the hospitality industry. The Clink offers prisoners mentoring upon release and this includes support with employment and accommodation.

Healthcare: Commissioned by NHS England and provided by Virgin Care Services Ltd as from April 2012. There is an Inpatient capacity of 23 beds in single cells. Dental clinics, chiropody, opticians etc are available on a weekly/fortnightly basis.

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