Charity information


Nepacs is a long-standing north east charity which aims to promote a positive future for prisoners and their relatives by supporting family ties at every stage of the criminal justice system.
We offer a warm welcome at six north east prison visitors’ centres, in the visits hall, and by providing one:one family support casework. We ensure that children have a positive experience of visiting prison, and in addition to staffing play areas we organise special family days with craft, food and games

Founded 2001

  • Mission statement

    To support prisoners and ex-prisoners, their families and friends; to reduce the impact and stigma of imprisonment on their lives and contribute to the positive rehabilitation of offenders.

  • Aims

    NEPACS aims to:

    • Support and assist prisoners, families and friends of prisoners in their visits to the prison and in their life outside the prison
    • Ensure that children visiting relatives in prison will feel welcome and find the experience as pleasant as possible
    • Relieve hardship due to the poverty of some offenders and their families
    • Support the education and training of offenders, and other processes which may assist their rehabilitation
    • Raise public awareness through the collection and publication of information relating to criminal justice matters and to the prevention of crime.
  • Overview

    Established: August 2001

    Registered Charity Number: 1088051

    Board members: 15

    Full time staff: 14

    Part time staff: 66

    Volunteers: 200

    Phone number: 1913757278

    Address: 20, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HW

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  • Special family visits for prisoners' children

    It can be tough for children with a parent in prison. Nepacs volunteers support families ... More