Clean Break and It’s Not Your Birthday But… have joined together to launch Write 2 Connect, a letter writing project connecting women through the prison walls with women in the community.
There are currently 3,424 women in prison (as of 24 April 2020), many of whom are locked in their cells for 23 hours a day and whose visits, which can be a vital lifeline, have been suspended to stem the spread of the virus. This project has been devised in response to Covid19, and our desire to reach out to some of the most vulnerable in our society at this time.
For two weeks, women from every corner of the UK and from all walks of life sent letters with words of inspiration, hope and solidarity to women in prison. The letters were about finding comfort in words and nature, things that inspired them and words of connection and solidarity. They all shared something personal and offered hope--a gift which everyone can afford, and which can remind us in difficult moments like the one we currently face, that we are connected, we are part of a wider community and we are valued.
On Monday 18 May over 200 letters were delivered to HMP Downview. Currently, the women in HMP Downview are writing their own letters in response which will be passed on to women accessing services at women's centres. These letters will be collected and dispersed at the beginning of June.
If you would like read some of the letters from the project please click on this link