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POPS is a user-led organisation, supporting families through their contact with the criminal justice system as a result of a loved one’s conviction. We aim to help individuals overcome stigma, understand their identity, build self-confidence/skills and contribute to a more cohesive society.

POPS’ work:

  • strengthens and rebuilds family ties
  • creates safe spaces for families and under-represented communities to speak out about the issues affecting them
  • increases public awareness of the impact of the criminal justice system on family life
  • builds strong links with communities
  • advocates for changes in public policy and commissioning

POPS provides a range of prison-based and community-focused services, including:

  • Family Support Services delivered at 14 prisons across the North-West, Yorkshire and Leicestershire.
  • Support for the families of men and women on probation across Greater Manchester
  • Community-based support for women through the Farida Women’s Centre (Oldham)
  • Prison and community-based education programmes including POPS’ ‘Fresh Start for Families’ course
  • Awareness training for professionals
  • Community-based interventions for prisoners from BAME backgrounds
  • Advocacy and support for under-represented communities.

POPS are committed to building a continuum of care to support families at every step of their journey through the criminal justice system

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