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Project information

Angel Tree Christmas

Christmas is an especially difficult time for prisoners and their children. Angel Tree lessens the devastation experienced as a result of parental absence by not only helping families to connect and build relationships, but by providing children with much-needed joy.

August 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Prison Fellowship England & Wales

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  • Need


    Angel Tree tackles the separation of children from their parents at Christmas time, remembering the prisoner and their families during the seasonal period.

    Families and children are recognised by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS, formerly NOMS) as one of the pathways to reducing reoffending.


    In 1994, when Prison Fellowship launched its first Angel Tree programme in one prison; it delivered 60 gifts. Ten years later, this had grown to 48 prisons, providing 3,140 gifts to 1,634 families of prisoners.

    When a child knows he or she is loved and thought about through a simple act of receiving a gift, that’s priceless. The dedication, faithfulness and determination of our volunteers to serve God, prisoners and their families is so heart warming and encouraging.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For prisoner / child relationships to be restored and improved.


    » To buy, wrap and deliver 4,500 gifts to the children of prisoners this Christmas.
    » To raise sufficient funds to enable us to offer Angel Tree to more offenders in more prisons
    » To partner with the chaplaincy teams inside prison to ensure that Angel Tree can be offered and promoted to all eligible inmates.

    What success will look like

    This year, we aim to deliver 4,500 Angel Tree gifts to the children of prisoners.

    Aim 2

    To increase the number of prisons in England and Wales where Angel Tree is available.


    » To recruit more Angel Tree Co-ordinators and other volunteer to run and deliver the programme in their local prison.
    » To raise sufficient funds to enable Angel Tree to be offered in more prisons.

    What success will look like

    The work of our volunteers in prisons across England and Wales and the building of relationships with chaplaincy teams will result in more prisons running Angel Tree this year.

  • Impact


    Feedback from prisoners and their family members demonstrates the positive impact on both the offender and their children. Studies show that offenders with good family relationship are less likely to reoffend after release.


    The success of Angel Tree depends upon the availability of volunteers, chaplains and funding.

    The prison regime and prison transfers can sometimes result in offenders being unable to take part in the programme. Our professional reputation with the Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS, formerly NOMS) means they work closely with us to ensure the programme benefits the maximum number of offenders and their families.


    When all Angel Tree activity has been completed, our volunteers contribute to a year end report which is then shared with donors and supporters. Through the course of the year, stories of beneficiaries of Angel Tree are also shared in our regular communications.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £115,100

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      Amount Heading Description
      £90,000 Gifts Purchase & postage of presents
      £4,500 Volunteers Recruitment, training and support
      £18,000 Development Programme administration
      £2,600 Promotion Advertising

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Local Prison Fellowship Groups £9,400 Conditional
    Individual Donors £35,900 Conditional
    Churches £9,000 Conditional
    Trusts and Foundations £3,300 Conditional
    Organisations £2,100 Conditional
  • Background


    Prison Fellowship runs programmes in 118 of the 120 prisons across England and Wales. Last year, 87 prisons ran Angel Tree.


    Angel Tree is offered across England and Wales to men and women in our prisons. Last year, 4,571 gifts were sent on behalf of offenders to their excited children, wrapped and despatched by our dedicated volunteers. What is certain is that the challenges they face upon returning to society are immense. Those with stronger family relationships and a hope for the future, stand a far better chance of not returning to prison after release.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Prison Fellowship is a unique volunteer organisation with many years experience. The personal support given by our volunteers offers a non- judgemental approach which has shown to have powerful, positive impacts. Prison Fellowship has a range of interventions and programmes supporting offenders’ families and those isolated serving their sentence with family support. We are a faith-based organisation, but not faith promoting and our services are open to all.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angel Tree Volunteers

    Our volunteers are trained to a high standard and fully supervised. They are also passionate and committed.

    The Offender

    When offenders take part in Angel Tree, they are not only strengthening family bonds, they are also bringing much-needed joy to their children.

    You: The Donor

    Without your support, we cannot deliver the Angel Tree programme across England and Wales.


buys, wraps and sends a Christmas gift to the child of a prisoner

“Their Dad said they really enjoy receiving a present I have used Angel Tree for the last four Christmas’s making this the 5th Christmas. I think it’s brilliant from a parents point of view especially as I am a lifer prisoner.”

Female prisoner benefitting from Angel Tree