Guidance

Wymott Prison

Wymott is a prison for men near Leyland, Lancashire, including men convicted of a sex offence.

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 Wymott

To visit someone in Wymott you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

There may be a limit to the number of visits a person can have. You can check this with Wymott.

Contact Wymott 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 Wymott
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online.

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01772 442 234 or 01772 442 254
Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times are daily, except Fridays, from 2:15pm to 4pm.

Email: legalvisits.wymott@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 9:15am to 11:15am
  • Thursday: 9:15am to 11:15am

Getting to Wymott

Find Wymott on a map

The closest railway station is Leyland where you can catch regular buses to Wymott. There is also a taxi rank outside the station.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is a visitors car park which Wymott shares with Garth Prison. This includes spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Entering Wymott

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card

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

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £10 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink from the vending machine in the visiting hall.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Wymott. 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 family-friendly visitors centre at Wymott which provides information and support to visitors. There is a snack bar and play area for children.

The centre is open from midday on visiting days.

Keep in touch with someone at Wymott

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

Phone calls

Residents do not have phones in their rooms 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 Wymott using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Wymott.

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 Wymott.

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.

Gifts and parcels

People in Wymott are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Wymott for more information on what’s allowed.

Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Wymott

Wymott 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 Wymott 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 Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Wymott, 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.

Induction

Each person who arrives at Wymott 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 1100 men live at Wymott across 11 units. Six of those units are reserved for men convicted of a sex offence.

Facilities include a sports hall, exercise equipment, weight room, assault course and outdoor sports field. There is a full programme of activities for all fitness levels.

Wymott has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to residents.

Education and work

Residents have access to a broad range of vocational training, including engineering, welding, painting and decorating, bricklaying, joinery, industrial cleaning, fork lift truck driving, horticulture and catering. Each course can lead to an official qualification.

They can take classroom courses in subjects such as literacy and numeracy, IT, art and design, cookery, accountancy and history.

Wymott also runs a number of accredited offending behaviour programme courses.

VPs (vulnerable prisoners) can work at Wymott in occupations such as tailoring, laundry, welding, waste management, printing, retail, catering and horticulture.

Organisations Wymott works with

Wymott includes special facilities for elderly residents and those with disabilities provided in partnership with Age Concern.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Wymott

Family and friends can get advice and support in the visitors centre from:

  • Partners of Prisoners (POPS)
  • Sure Start
  • Barnardos

Problems and complaints

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

Contact Wymott

Governor: Graham Beck

Telephone: 01772 442 000
Fax: 01772 442 001
Find out about call charges

Follow Wymott on Twitter

Address

HMP Wymott
Ulnes Walton Lane
Leyland
Preston
Lancashire
PR26 8LW

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Wymott, call the main switchboard and ask for the orderly officer or duty governor.

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Published 21 April 2020
Last updated 5 May 2020 + show all updates
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