Making a new start possible

At South West Community Chaplaincy (SWCC), we work across Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset to provide all-round support for men and women of all ages before they are released from prison, as well as in the crucial first days, weeks and months back in the community. We help them to overcome whatever challenges they face to make a fresh start and build a positive future for themselves.

Many people in prison want life to be different when they’re released, but they’re not sure where to begin. They may have never experienced a safe and supportive environment, even as a child. They may have struggled with education, and found it hard to form positive relationships. They may have drug or alcohol dependency issues. Many suffer from low self-esteem. Click here to watch Alex's story about how we helped him to build a better life for himself.

Community Chaplaincies like ours play an important role in helping prisoners to begin to value their lives enough to think about what they want from their future. Our community chaplains and dedicated volunteers provide help and support for as long as they need it. 

This year, SWCC is delighted to have been chosen by the High Sheriff of Devon, Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, as his chosen charity of the year.