As part of our wider vision Proclaim Trust is committed to reaching out to prisoners. Our Prison Outreach consists of three components: The Prison Project, writing to prisoners and holding events in HMPs and YOIs.
In 2007, we launched The Prison Project. The aim of this project is to send a copy of Barry’s autobiography, Once an Addict, to every prisoner in the UK, free of charge. Since The Prison Project began, we have raised funds to send out 42,000 copies so far.
During this time, we have received hundreds of letters from inmates who have been impacted by Barry’s story. Barry has responded to each letter.
Barry also gets to meet some of these prisoners face-to-face when he speaks in prisons. Each year, the Trust organises approximately 30 events throughout the UK in prisons and YOIs. These are usually in partnership with the prison chaplaincies but sometimes with other organisations.