Angel Tree gives prisoners the opportunity to send a Christmas present to their children.
Christmas is especially difficult for prisoners and their children. Angel Tree lessens the devastation experienced as a result of parental absence by not only helping families connect and build relationships, but by providing children with much-needed joy.
Local Prison Fellowship volunteers work with churches and prison chaplains to buy, wrap and deliver the presents. As long as prisoners are allowed access to their children, they are given the opportunity to apply for a gift to be sent to them.
Each gift is dispatched as though it is from the parent in prison and is accompanied by a personal message written by the parent for their child to make the gift extra special. The parent is also given the option of including an age-appropriate Christian story book in their child’s gift.
Each Angel Tree gift for a child costs £20 including postage. If you would like to help us fund the project, please click here to donate to this year’s programme.
We have launched an Angel Tree Mother’s Day programme, where our volunteers enable Young Offenders to send their Mum a card and gift on Mother’s Day. Last year we sent 643 gifts to mothers of young offenders, and we would love to offer this to more young people in the future.
Additionally, we run Angel Tree through the year at prison ‘Family Days’. This allows parents to give a gift to their child as part of a day spent with them, and is always really appreciated.
Why do we do it?
There are around 200,000 children in England and Wales with a parent in prison. 7% (around 1 in 15) children will experience their father’s imprisonment before they leave school.
Angel Tree is a very simple and incredibly rewarding way to help prisoners stay in contact with their families during imprisonment, which can drastically reduce re-offending rates. Those prisoners being visited by a partner or family member have a 52% re-offending rate as compared to 70% for those who do not.
 Ministry of Justice (2008), Factors linked to reoffending, London: Ministry of Justice