HRH Princess Anne visits charity in HMP Thameside

On February 20, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited HMP Thameside.  The Princess Royal is the patron of Catch22, who work with Serco to provide offender management services in the prison.

HRH’s visit took place inside Thameside’s multifaith centre and saw a wide attendance of the charity’s staff members. Everyone had an opportunity to talk to the Princess Royal, from Catch22’s Chief Operating Officer, Naomi Hulston, to team members within Thameside’s offender management unit (OMU) to individual prisoners who provide peer mentoring to other residents at Thameside,

When HRH’s visit began drew to a close, she gave out two awards on behalf of Catch22, recognising two members of the charity for their extraordinary efforts in helping prisoners at Thameside.

She concluded the visit with a speech, thanking Catch22 for their valuable contribution to society and to Serco for supporting Catch22’s efforts and services.

Catch22 is a charity with over two-hundred years of history. Dating back to 1788, with the formation of The Royal Philanthropic Society, their aim is to create a more resilient society where everyone is supported by good people in their time of need. They provide services in five key areas in; justice, education, employability & vocational training, young people and families and the National Citizenship Service.

Offender management is the process in which a prisoner is assessed by their sentence and risk level as well as their personal needs in order to create an individual sentence plan. A sentence plan is aimed at improving each prisoner’s prospects on release, from accessing education and training to addressing criminogenic needs in order to reintegrate them back into society.