Welcome to Elizabeth Fry Charity

Supporting women to make positive changes in their lives.

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For over 150 years, the Elizabeth Fry Charity has been working with women, since the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry started her work.

Everyone deserves a second chance

Based in central Reading, Elizabeth Fry House, a 24-bed Female Approved Premises, provides residential support and interventions to the widest range of women involved in the criminal justice system.

Through structured one-to-one sessions and a programme of rehabilitative activity, the intention is to increase women’s confidence and reduce re-offending, allowing, in time, for reintegration into society.

Our Approved Premises

Elizabeth Fry House is a 24 bed Approved Premises for women. We are located in Reading, in the south of England, and provide placements to women from across England and Wales.

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Information for Referrers

​We consider women convicted of all types of offences and will offer a placement having considered whether the risk of serious harm to self and others can be managed at Elizabeth Fry House.

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Our Programme

Residents at the Approved Premises have access to a range of purposeful activities aimed to support them to address issues that led to their offending and to develop the skills for them to lead an offending-free life in future.

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In their words...

Rebecca has been able to make a choice and take control over her own experience, which ultimately has changed her reality.

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Every donation made to Elizabeth Fry helps give women a second chance in their lives and makes a HUGE difference to their time here.

£5

Will pay for a prize for a resident in an evening activity

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£25

Pays for a yoga and mindfulness session for residents

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£40

Provides a resident with Primark vouchers to buy basics

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£70

Covers the cost of a resident's move on pack once they have successfully left the AP

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Our Latest Vacancies

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Resettlement and Support Officer – Days

In the role of Resettlement and Support Officer you will support the residents during their day-to-day life at the Approved Premises. You will be working with the rest of the staff team to effectively manage the risk posed by residents, as well as supporting them to address any difficult areas within their lives. This is an incredibly varied role, with no two days being the same.

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Resettlement and Support Officer – Nights

In the role of Resettlement and Support Officer you will support the residents during their day-to-day life at the Approved Premises.  You will be working with the rest of the staff team to effectively manage the risk posed by residents, as well as supporting them to address any difficult areas within their lives.  This is an incredibly varied role, with no two nights being the same. 

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Latest News

    9 February 2024

    Peer Mentor Leads Creative Writing Sessions

    At Elizabeth Fry House we believe in the importance of self-expression and encourage residents to explore different ways of achieving this. Earlier this week Luke (he/his), an ex-resident of Elizabeth Fry House who now volunteers for the Charity as a mentor led a session on Creative Writing. Luke states ” I came to Elizabeth Fry […]

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    15 December 2023

    Did you Hear the Drums?

    If you’d have visited Elizabeth Fry Charity earlier this week you may have wondered what all the noise was about. On Monday afternoon a drumming workshop took place with residents and staff and, it is fair to say some pretty impressive sounds were created – including traditional West African Music and a unique rendition of “We Will Rock You”

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    20 November 2023

    New funding for Therapeutic Gardening services.

    A huge thank you to Westhill Endowment for awarding a grant to Elizabeth Fry Charity.

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    20 November 2023

    Donation from Lush!

    A huge thankyou to Lush for their generosity in sending these toiletries for our residents.

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    22 September 2023

    Probation Day Competition Winners!

    We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Fry Approved Premises has won the Poetry category in the regional Probation Day Competition.

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    9 October 2023

    Visit from the High Sheriff of Berkshire to Elizabeth Fry Charity

    We welcomed Simon Muir, the High Sheriff of Berkshire, and Sarah-Jane Muir to Elizabeth Fry Charity in October.

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    22 September 2023

    New Artwork from HMP Send

    Elizabeth Fry House is proud to announce the acquisition of a captivating new artwork, created by Petra from HMP Send.

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