BACO in HMP Grendon
HMP Grendon is a Category B Therapeutic Community Prison with an Operational Capacity of 235.
It has six Wings, one an Induction Wing and five Therapeutic Communities.
Liaison – Through Residences
Co-ordination and support of grant requests – Education
Processing grants made to prisoners - Finance Department
Each Therapeutic Community has a BACO Wing Representative who is a serving prisoner.
BACO Support Service
Applications to attend Support Service meetings are made through the BACO Wing Representatives to Residences and then by CJSM email to the BACO Support Service Co-ordinator.
Support Service meetings are on the 2nd Thursday in the month on the Wings between 17:15 & 19:15
Contributory grants towards the cost of:
· Educational courses
· Educational qualifications
· Professional qualifications
· Trade training courses
· Course books and materials
· ID - birth certificates, locating birth parents
· Art materials
· Hobbies materials and kits
· Musical instruments
Grants for basic clothing.
Clothing Application forms available at the support service meetings - Completed forms are checked by Wing Staff and Reception Staff to ensure compliance with HMP Grendon Regulations.
Clothing is supplied from the BACO clothing store in HMP Springhill or purchased if there is nothing suitable in the store.
BACO Support Service Volunteers attend the Interwing meetings on the Wings to maintain a good working relationship with HMP Grendon staff and prisoners.
The five Therapeutic Communities hold two socials each during the year. A number of security cleared BACO members attend the Socials.
Attending these events keep the members informed on BACO’s work and maintains BACO contact in HMP Grendon.
Cups presented by BACO
The Community Challenge, a winter and summer quiz competition, was devised by a Grendon prisoner, and BACO donated the trophy for this and for the annual Chess Competition organised by another Grendon prisoner.
Art donations to BACO
Four works of art donated to BACO by two serving prisoners are on display in Grendon.
One is by a prisoner studying for a BA Hons Degree in Creative Arts through the Open College of the Arts, Middlesex University.
Three by another prisoner were accepted by the Koestler Trust for the Koestler Awards 2009. One of his works received 2009 Highly Commended Award For Pastels.
BACO Art Fund
Buckinghamshire Community Foundation have contributed to a fund to purchase art and craft materials and other equipment for the five Therapeutic Communities.
These materials will be used by the men in the Communities to produce artworks for the communal areas in each wing and craftworks to raise money for wing charities such as Helen & Douglas House Hospice for Children and Young Adults and Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders
Registered Charity No. 263573