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Choices Consultancy Service

Choices Consultancy Service delivers family services in Her Majesty’s Prisons HMP Dartmoor, HMP Channings Wood and HMP YOI Exeter. Our main areas of work involves;

  • The running of the Visitors Centres
  • First night in custody
  • Play within prisons
  • Prisoners inductions
  • Family support
  • Catering services to prison visitors
  • All day family days

Who we are

Choices Consultancy Service (Choices) is a not-for-profit voluntary run organisation that assists prisoners and their families through difficulties that may be incurred during their involvement in the criminal justice system.

For many families, relationships are put to the test when a member goes to prison. Support for these families is sparse. Family members may not feel that they can discuss their feelings and fears with people they know for fear of recriminations. Watch our video Sasha’s Story and find out how we can help.


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Our Mission Statement

“To support and advise prisoners and their families to promote and enable positive change.”

The Prisons we cover in Devon

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HMP Channings Wood

HM Prison Channings Wood is a Category C men's prison, located in the parish of Ogwell (near Newton Abbot) in Devon, England. The prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

HMP Dartmoor

Dartmoor Prison is a Category C men's prison, located in Princetown, high on Dartmoor in the English county of Devon. Its high granite walls dominate this area of the moor. The prison is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, and is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service.

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HMP YOI Exeter

HMP YOI Exeter is a category B local prison what accepts all adult and young offenders committed to prison by the couts in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and further afield.

How you can help us at Choices

Get Involved - Our volunteers make what we do possible. To become a volunteer all you need is enthusiasm and a desire to help. We welcome people from all nationalities and backgrounds. Our volunteers include job-seekers, retired workers, full time workers and students. You choose how much time to give and we’ll provide all the support and training you need.

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Make a real difference to many lives - Choices rely on volunteers to help deliver and maintain all their services. Find out more if you would like to contribute some of your time to help us reduce re-offending by helping prisoners and their families.

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Students with Choices

Choices link up with various universities and colleges providing opportunities for students who are carving out a career within the Criminal Justice System, Social Care or Early Childhood Studies. We have made strong links with the University of Plymouth.

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Raise Awareness

Choices work as advocates for prisoners and their families. Much of this work involves actively engaging with policy makers and the community. Raising awareness to professional bodies of the plight of prisoners,