Guidance

Berwyn Prison

Berwyn is a men’s prison in Wrexham, North Wales.

Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

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Book and plan your visit to Berwyn

At Berwyn, residents are responsible for booking their own visits. These must generally be booked at least 2 days in advance.

Up to 3 adults can visit at a time, plus children. At least one visitor must be 18 or older.

Residents can have 2 visits a month plus additional visits depending on their privilege level.

Contact Berwyn if you have any questions about visiting.

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to Berwyn
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

Family and friends visiting times

Visiting times for residents who are on remand:

  • Monday: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:45am to 9:45am, 10:15am 11:15am, 1:45pm to 2:45pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Thursday: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm

Visiting times for residents who have been convicted:

  • Monday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesday: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:45am to 9:45am, 10:15am 11:15am, 1:45pm to 2:45pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm (‘enhanced’ residents only)
  • Sunday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm (‘enhanced’ residents only)

You can book legal visits by email or telephone.

Email: legalvisits.berwyn@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
Booking line: 01978 523 300
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
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To arrange a prison video link, email: omu.berwyn@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Visiting times:

  • Monday: 8:45am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:45am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:45am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:45am to 11:30am, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:45am to 11:30am, 1:45pm to 4:30pm

Visitors can arrive and book in from 8am for morning visits and 1pm for afternoon visits.

You will be able to bring files into your visit but not mobile phones. If you want to bring a laptop in, you will need a letter of authority which you can request when making your booking. Audio and video facilities can be requested at the time of booking.

Getting to Berwyn

Find Berwyn on a map

Berwyn is about 4 miles from Wrexham General and Wrexham Central stations. A number of local buses from Wrexham town centre pass the prison. There is also a taxi rank at each station.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is parking at the prison, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Entering Berwyn

On the first visit to Berwyn, adults are photographed and fingerprinted for the security system. These are used to confirm their identity on future visits.

All visitors must also bring ID to every visit.

Acceptable ID can be either one of the following:

  • passport
  • European Community identity card
  • driving licence
  • benefits book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • employer or student identity card (with photo or signature)
  • CitizenCard (UK national ID card)

Or one of the following, plus 2 official addressed letters such as a household bill no more than 6 months old:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • rail or bus pass (with photo)
  • cheque book or debit card
  • employer or student card not acceptable on its own
  • young person’s proof of age card
  • trade union or student union membership card
  • library card (with signature)
  • rent book
  • non-EU identity or resident’s card

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Visitors should dress appropriately. You may be turned away if you are wearing items like revealing clothing or clothing with offensive slogans. Ask at the visitors centre if you have questions about appropriate dress.

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £30 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink from the kiosk in the visiting hall.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Berwyn. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. This includes pushchairs and car seats.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

There is a visitors centre run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) charity. Family and friends can relax, buy refreshments and get advice and support from the staff.

Email: berwyn@prisonadvice.org.uk Telephone: 01978 523 307
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The facilities include vending machines, accessible toilets, lockers and a children’s play area.

There are soft play areas for children in the reception area and the visiting hall.

Family days

Berwyn holds 4 family days a year giving residents more time to spend time with their children in a relaxed setting.

Residents can apply for these visits.

Keep in touch with someone at Berwyn

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Berwyn.

Phone calls

Residents have phones in their rooms and are able to make calls at any time.

Phones do not accept incoming calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.

Email

You can send emails to someone in Berwyn using the Email a Prisoner service.

You are able to attach photos for an additional charge and receive replies from the resident.

Emails are monitored.

Letters

You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Berwyn.

All post, apart from legal letters, will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can also send postal orders and cheques. These should be made payable to ‘HMPPS’ and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.

Cheques can take up to 3 weeks to clear.

Gifts and parcels

People in Berwyn are given a list of items that they can buy from approved suppliers through a catalogue system.

They can also apply to receive a clothing parcel once or twice a year depending on their length of time in prison and their behaviour level. These parcels cannot be posted in and must be handed in to staff during a visit. All items will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Berwyn

Berwyn is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Berwyn has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by the North Wales Safeguarding Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Berwyn, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.

Extra attention is taken on arrival to make the resident as comfortable as possible. Several checks are made on the resident through the evening.

Induction

Each person who arrives at Berwyn gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.

Accommodation

Over 2000 men live at Berwyn in a mixture of single and shared rooms. All rooms have a shower, toilet, hand basin and a phone for outgoing calls.

Each resident is given a Unilink laptop for making applications, ordering canteen items and booking visits. They can also use it to access the Content Hub, a rich source of educational materials, information, news and entertainment.

Residents have access to a full-sized sports hall, weights and fitness room and outdoor pitches. The fitness programme includes a range of team sports and classes leading to accredited qualifications.

Berwyn Prison has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to residents. All religious festivals are catered for.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad programme of learning opportunities provided by Novus Cambria. These range from basic skills, such as literacy, Welsh and numeracy, to vocational qualifications and higher learning.

Vocational qualifications include digital media, business enterprise, art, information and communications technology (ICT) and performing arts.

The programme also includes training in a variety of trades and professions, such as:

  • bricklaying
  • joinery
  • horticulture
  • plastering
  • industrial cleaning

Work is available throughout the prison in areas such as the laundry, waste management and industrial cleaning. Residents can also work in one of Berwyn’s industrial workshops, which include a call centre and a DHL distribution centre. Residents can earn qualifications while working, for example in performing manufacturing operations and customer service.

Berwyn also runs a number of accredited offending behaviour programme courses. The college also provides personal and social courses in positive thinking and family learning.

Guidance workers provide residents with information and advice throughout their studies and work coaches provide individual support to residents in finding work on release.

Temporary release

Some Berwyn residents may qualify for release on temporary licence. This can be used to gain work experience in the local community and prepare for release. Residents can apply for this within the prison.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Berwyn

PACT can provide information, guidance and support to families and friends of residents.

You can ask for more information in the visitors centre or contact them by email and telephone.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Berwyn. If you cannot resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

Contact Berwyn

Governor: Nick Leader

Telephone (24 hours): 01978 523 000
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Address

HMP Berwyn
Bridge Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Wrexham
North Wales
LL13 9QE

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Berwyn, contact the safer custody team.

Telephone: 01978 523 772
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Leave as much information as possible about the resident and your concerns, as well as your contact details. Messages are checked regularly throughout the day and night.

In an emergency, call the main telephone number and ask to speak to the orderly officer or duty governor.

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Published 16 June 2020
Last updated 26 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. updated visiting facilities contact email address

  2. First published.