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March 2017

Positive and Innovative Practices in HMP Kilmarnock, say Inspectors

Independent inspectors have today released their latest assessment of HMP Kilmarnock, which is managed by Serco on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service, saying that overall the prison is a 'secure and well-ordered prison where the majority of staff and prisoners told us that they felt safe'.

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Scottish Prisons found that there were a number of positive and innovative practices in HMP Kilmarnock and highlighted six areas of good practice: -

  • The good relationships between staff and prisoners.
  • The Physical Education department, where there is an exceptional rapport between prisoners and staff
  • The ATM facility, which facilitates information sharing with prisoners about canteen sheets, menu options, critical dates and human rights and allows prisoners to easily communicate with family and friends for relatively low cost.
  • The Links Centre, which allows a wide range of third sector organisations to actively engage with prisoners and services in the community.
  • Engagement with Prisoners in Consultation, with PIAC meetings which are held regularly and which are well attended.
  • The Health Education Initiative - an innovative peer support approach to delivering health improvement by appointing prisoner health coaches.

Commenting on the report Michael Guy, Serco's Contract Director at HMP Kilmarnock, said: "We are really pleased that the Report recognises the positive and innovative initiatives that the team at HMP Kilmarnock have been putting in place. These include the good relationships between our staff and the prisoners and our engagement with prisoners in consultation; our Physical Education department, ATM facility and the Links Centre and our Health Education Initiative.

"At the same time we recognise that there are areas in which we must continue to improve and we will work with the SPS and NHS Scotland to address the issues raised."

The full report can be read here.

November 2016

Christmas and New Year Menus Published

HMP Kilmarnock have today published the Christmas and New Year menus detailing what food is to be served to our prisoners on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Years Day

HMP Kilmarnock would like to wish all staff, prisoners, visitors and their families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

HMP Kilmarnock marks Remembrance Sunday

To mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, both prisoners and staff attended a multi-cultural Remembrance Service in the Multi Faith Centre at HMP Kilmarnock, managed by Serco for the Scottish Prison Service.

The chaplaincy team at the prison, led by the Imam, Aamar Riaz, all contributed to a very uplifting event, where prayers were said and thanks given. Prisoners from the vocational training bricklaying party had built a memorial cairn, which was unveiled and blessed during the service. This will form the focal point of a memorial garden where the fallen can be remembered throughout the year.

HMP Kilmarnock is currently being inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland, and members of the inspection team, including the Chief Inspector, David Strang, were delighted to have the opportunity to attend the service. All participants were given a small wooden cross to place at the cairn, to show their respect for those who died in all wars.

Michael Guy, Director of the prison, said "I continue to be impressed by how the staff and prisoners work together for the greater good. At this particular time of the year, we always turn our thoughts to those men and women who have lost their lives whilst protecting us. The construction of the beautiful cairn in the memorial garden is the perfect area for everyone to remember together."