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Welcome to the Barlinnie Visitors Centre

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Do you have a family/friend inside HMP Barlinnie? Worried about how you and the family will cope? Confused about the prison system and visiting? Money, debts and housing concerns? We are here to support you.

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We are located in the Family Services Room within the reception of HMP Barlinnie. We DO NOT handle booking visits to see someone in HMP Barlinnie. This is done by contacting the prison, more information go to our FAQs section.

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Housing Week 2018

We get asked lots of questions about housing and homelessness, so in February we invited some organisations to come in to speak with visitors about help they can get in Glasgow. As well as our usual information from Citizens Advice Bureau (Parkhead) and Shelter, we also invited along Jac and her team from Simon Community Scotland. They explained the Housing Advice work at the Hub, 72 London Road – we know one woman visiting and her friend went along after a visit to find out more. Simon Community Scotland also told people about their Rough Sleepers and Vulnerable People’s (RSVP) Service whose Street Team support rough sleepers in the city. On top of all that, they also have a 24 hour emergency helpline 0800 027 7466.  

As well as information for adults, we had a street for children to decorate in the Pod. 30 children added to our display with lots of very creative colouring-in of flats, houses, cars and even a helicopter. One boy told us it he was colouring his dream house because he “didn’t want to live with noisy people upstairs”.

At the end of the week, because we know that visitors worry about housing for people coming out of HMP Barlinnie, we had Suzie in from SACRO’s Throughcare Service to talk to people about housing help available for people when they’re released from prison, after a sentence of less than 4 years. Suzie also let people know that families can come along to the SACRO office Monday, Wednesday or Friday 1-3pm for their drop-in service – 2nd Floor, Central Chambers, 93 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6LD. Suzie had such a successful visit that she’s coming back to speak to visitors in the evenings on Wednesday 21st & Friday 23rd March and in April on Wednesday 25th & Friday 27th. If you want to know more, get in touch with the Croft on