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Young Arts

The last visit to Send Prison took place on 11th April 2017 and was organised by Carol Guthrie. Another visit will take place in October 2017.

Started in 1973, The Arts Society Young Arts provides exciting opportunities for children and young people to expand their horizons through their involvement in creative arts activities. The aim is to inspire young people with a lasting enthusiasm for the arts and an awareness of our arts heritage and its conservation.


The Arts Society Weybridge supports Young Arts in Weybridge and local area by contributing to an arts activity for young people between the ages of 8 and 18.


In October 2009 The Arts Society Weybridge arranged for an artist, Sadie James, who is an MA graduate from Central St. Martins, to visit Send Women's Prison. She took a session at which visiting children of prisoners created paintings with their detained parent. The cost of the event was met by The Arts Society Weybridge. The occasion was a great success, and it was decided to repeat the event annually.

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THE ARTS SOCIETY WEYBRIDGE YOUNG ARTS PROJECT:  HMP SEND

Since the foundation of The Arts Society Weybridge some seventeen years ago, a variety of Young Arts (YA) projects, mainly involving local schools, have been supported. In October 2009, however, we had the unique opportunity to come together with an organisation known as the “Send Family Link” and, by means of a YA grant, to provide for an art activity at HMP Send, a closed female prison with approximately 280 inmates situated just outside the village of Send, near Woking in Surrey.
The “Send Family Link” is a registered charity that supports families visiting women in custody at HMP Send. It is situated in the Visitor Centre immediately outside the prison gates.  Its primary objective is to help families maintain relationships during a prison sentence and to help reduce the emotional stress when a child visits its mother. They seek to make visits to prison a positive experience for children whilst at the same time enhancing the quality of visits for adults by giving them the opportunity to be with their children in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. To this end, they organise special Family Day visits to HMP Send six times a year. Provision is made for children to share activities or play with the prisoner under the active encouragement and supervision of a dedicated team of Send Family Link volunteers. On Family Visit Days, children arrive during the morning, some having travelled considerable distances to be with their mother. There are usually about 20 at any one time with an age range up to about 16 years old. The entire day is spent with their mothers but the main “play” activity, organised by Send Family Link, takes place after lunch.

Most recently, on 25th October 2016 Carol Guthrie and Margaret Sears attended the HMP Send Family Day on behalf of WDFAS. Approximately forty children with ages ranging from one year to seventeen years visited their mothers for a day of craft activities. Naomi Beaver (a nominee for Surrey Artist of the Year) provided the materials and experience in organising pillow case painting, photo frame making and other activities from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. The cost to The Arts Society Weybridge was about £300. The day was most successful and greatly appreciated by the inmates and carers alike.

Enquiries about Young Arts can be sent by email to our Young Arts committee member, Val Shaw, at ya@theartssocietyweybridge.org.uk




See letter below from Send Family Link about the change of Send Family Link to PACT as of October 2017