Expanding our working relationships

Having delivered a successful pilot scheme with Clean Break in 2017, HUT is pleased to announce that we are to continue our partnership into 2018. HUT therapists offer individual weekly psychotherapy to support the psychological needs of some of the women who are registered with Clean Break. This charity was set up by two female prisoners in 1979, to run free courses to promote and develop the education and rehabilitation of women leaving prison. Their award-winning theatre education programme and mesmerizing staging and performances have gathered fans from all over the UK – do come and see them performing near you.

We are also seeing women for psychotherapy through Working Chance, “the UK’s only recruitment consultancy for women leaving the criminal justice and care system”. Our collaboration and excellent relationship go back to the time when HUT therapists were still working at HMP Holloway and liaising with Working Chance to help the women transition from prison to finding work.

It is no coincidence that both organisations are based in north London: we at HUT try to stay as close as possible to our HMP Holloway roots having identified this area as particularly bereft of psychological help for women in the CJS.

As well as seeing women through direct referral by our contacts in prisons, it is one of our fundamental aims at HUT to forge and develop relationships with similar organisations.

Holloway Site

The recent meeting organised by Community Plan for Holloway, was attended by a number of different interest groups, to suggest how the land of the former HMP Holloway site should be used.

While the Ministry of Justice is advertising the sale and boasting on their website of the potential to develop “a significant residential site”, there is no mention of the urgently needed woman's centre or any building to mark Holloway's history. 

HUT stated their case at the meeting and expressed the wish for a space within the new development to deliver their psychotherapeutic work. At the very least we ask that the existing HMP Holloway visitors centre (fully equipped and lying empty for now over 18 months) be converted so that HUT and other such organisations can take their rightful place to build on the important work previously carried out at HMP Holloway.

Please also read “Two Years On which was submitted to the Holloway Prison Stories project, by one of our colleagues and watch this film to find out more.

HUT Launch Event

On  19 June 2017, we invited guests to join us for the launch of HUT, with a reception held at Regent's University, London. Below is a selection of photo highlights from the evening.

The reception was held on the warmest night of the year in the beautiful surroundings  Regent’s University to mark the anniversary of the closure of HMP Holloway, the largest prison for women in Europe and “our home” for many years. The evening gave us the opportunity to introduce HUT and our aims to a wider audience: to continue delivering excellent forensic psychotherapy to women involved in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and develop HUT into a viable service in London and beyond. Attendees included many familiar faces from HMP Holloway, as well as other third sector organisations and private sector guests who are keen to get to know and support HUT.

A big thank-you to all of you who could make the meeting and who gave us such generous and positive feedback.