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South East

HMP Rochester

Service delivered in prison
HMP Rochester is a prison and young offender institution for men over 18 in Rochester, Kent. We deliver psychosocial substance misuse services at this prison.

How we help

We offer a range of psychosocial interventions to help clients address their substance misuse.

  • Alcohol/Substance Dependency Treatment Programme (A/SDTP) – an intensive, abstinence-based programme which aims to reduce reoffending
  • Stepping Stones – a low-medium intensity intervention for those whose alcohol or drug consumption is at harmful or dependent levels.
  • Living Safely Drugs and Alcohol – a series of workshops exploring the risks associated with drug and alcohol use
  • See Life More Clearly – exclusive to HMP Rochester, See Life More Clearly is a 6-week wellbeing programme consisting of weekly yoga, acupuncture, TRE (total release experience), gym sessions, creative arts and support groups. This intervention is available to all residents, not just substance misuse service users.
  • Fellowships – we co-facilitate Alcoholics, Cocaine and Narcotics Anonymous (AA, CA, NA) meetings
Further interventions
  • We offer a wide range of standalone workshops and in-cell packs aimed at harm minimisation, risk reduction and relapse prevention
  • Recovery talks – ex-service users and partner agencies give motivational talks on recovery. Usually held on a bi-monthly basis – subject to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Holistic therapies including auricular acupuncture (acupuncture of the ears), Qigong and expressive art workshops.

Next to our dedicated recovery wing at HMP Rochester, we have our ‘serenity garden’. Over the years, service users have cultivated this area, growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs for themselves and fellow residents to enjoy. We also use the garden as a calm space for reflection and interventions.

We are currently delivering a ‘Step Back’ service, which focuses on younger residents involved in violent offences and affiliated with gangs, aiming to educate, support and challenge them and their behaviours in order to aid rehabilitation. This initiative is delivered by Forward and supported by the charity Restore, Reform, Respect as well as the Kent Police.

Our partners

  • Oxleas
  • Porchlight
  • Hepatitis C Trust
  • Restore, Reform, Respect
  • Kent Policy

In partnership with Offender Management and Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), we work closely with the Head of Drug Strategy and Head of Reducing Reoffending to support service users with their recovery journey and through-care. We will refer residents to community drug and alcohol services and support applications to residential rehab and supported housing.

How to refer

Any resident can self-refer to the service and the referral process is open to third parties. If a staff member or third party refers a resident we will assess the resident if they agree to engage. All residents can choose to be seen by the team at their induction and will be assessed accordingly. We work closely with the Offender Management Unit (OMU) throughout this process.

Get in touch

Call us: 01634 803005

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I would urge anyone who thinks Forward can help to give them a try. They’ve changed my life and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

Terry H, Former Forward client Read Terry’s story