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MID's first workshops at IRC The Verne

MID's first workshops at IRC The Verne

15th July 2015

We are very excited to report that we have begun providing a short series of workshops at Britain’s newest IRC, The Verne. This former HM prison began holding detainees in March 2014, and officially became known as IRC The Verne in September 2014. It is now the 10th centre in Britain’s detention estate. It houses 580 male detainees making it the second largest detention centre after Harmondsworth, which houses 615 male migrants. The Verne continues to be operated by HM Prison Service.

How it all began

MID’s initial contact with The Verne was made at Haslar IRC’s Community Engagement Day via Sarah Allen, The Verne’s Equality Advisor. MID's Director John Speyer then met her some 18 months ago and discussed the possibility of MID beginning delivery there. At Sarah’s request, we delivered a one-off workshop for Chinese New Year in February, after which Sarah was keen to get MID in to run some more workshops in 2015-16. We stayed in touch and attended an event for NGOs interested in working at The Verne on 23 April.

Working with Sarah we have scheduled another four days’ work which began in April 2015, and will be delivering our second workshop there on the 29th July.

We look forward to reaching more detainees with our workshops over the coming months.

IRC The Verne

IRC The Verne