Recently, we awarded the Prison Radio Association (PRA) with a £10,000 grant towards their Roll Call programme for veterans in prison.

In 2006, PRA was established as a charity in response to a growing demand from prisons to engage with prison radio.

Prison radio offers a unique, innovative and effective way to communicate with prisoners and engage them in education, debate and community. Working alongside serving prisoners and focusing on speech radio, the PRA produces and delivers National Prison Radio, broadcasting information and educational materials which support Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) reducing reoffending agenda.

PRA helps prisoners with:

  • Accommodation
  • Education, training and employment
  • Health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Finance, benefit and debt
  • Children and families
  • Attitudes, thinking and behaviour

The PRA works with prisoners, including veterans in prison, to identify the most important issues faced by prisoners. As well as featuring these in daily programmes, National Prison Radio also has a calendar of social action campaigns which focus on issues of particular importance or urgency.

Phil Maguire, CEO Prison Radio Association, adds: “This grant will allow us to provide much needed support and advice to ex-service personnel in prison no matter how long they served. We rely on the generous support of our donors and are delighted to be working with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity adds: “The Prison Radio Association does a fantastic job with helping our veterans in prison have access to educational radio. It is extremely important that we help veterans as much as we can so, when they return to civvy street, they are less likely to offend. Thank you for delivering the National Prison Radio to our veterans.”

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