Offload delivered in Liverpool Prison

Offload delivered in Liverpool Prison

9th October 2018

Widnes Vikings have taken the hugely successful Offload to Liverpool Prison this week, as they began the delivery of a five-week programme.

HMP Liverpool is in collaboration with Better Health Liverpool, which is made up of health providers Spectrum and Merseycare. Sessions at the prison will take place twice a week, with Offload presenters Phil Veivers, Ian Smith, Danny Sculthorpe, Jimmy Gittins, Paul Highton and Russell Treasure delivering to inmates of the newly refurbished J wing, which has recently reopend as a Wellbeing Wing.

Offload, run by Rugby League Cares in partnership with State of Mind and the Vikings Sports Foundation, is a free programme for men who feel they are currently facing some challenges regarding their mental fitness.

The presenters aim to use the power of rugby league and their experiences with mental health issues to inspire participants, and help them learn new practical tools and techniques of how to handle tough times.

Offload Programme Co-ordinator, Sean Mellor, commented: “Offload is a fantastic programme and we’re always looking for new ways to reach out to men who need to build their mental fitness.

“Partnering with Liverpool Prison is a huge step towards that goal, and we have been delighted with the results early on. We’re looking forward to the rest of the programme’s delivery and are excited to see the benefits the inmates have received from the sessions.”

HMPPS Head of Health and Social Care, Anna Smith, added: “J wing has recently reopened following a full refurbishment as our Wellbeing Wing. The wing is based on the five ways to wellbeing, with each prisoner based on the wing having their own individual wellbeing action plan. This includes participating in courses and activities that are going to improve their wellbeing.

“One of the courses is Offload, which is being delivered on the wing twice a week, and the prisoners I have spoken to have stated it was really good. Some of the prisoners would never have done courses like this or spoken in an open forum about their thoughts a feeling so this is really big step.”

Offload delivered in Liverpool Prison