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Supporting the pastoral work in our prison chaplaincies

Jenn Riddlestone wearing a purple cardigan and black clerical shirtJenn Riddlestone recently became the latest member of the Chaplaincy Team at HMP Send having been licensed as an Anglican Chaplain by the Archdeacon of Dorking. 

Send is one of four prisons that are situated within the diocese offering support to over 2,000 people through its chaplaincies. 

As an Assistant Anglican Chaplain, Jenn joins the Lead Chaplain, Lesley Mason, and the team of volunteers at Send Women’s Prison in supporting the pastoral needs of the 250+ prisoners. 

“I am working with women who have a complex history of problems,” says Jenn. “These include abuse as children, domestic violence as adults, personality disorders and mental health issues, which often lead to substance misuse issues.” 

The pastoral activities the team are engaged in are mostly practical. From listening to people's stories and current struggles to finding craft materials for distraction whilst in their cells, as well as leading times of worship and speaking with those who wish to explore Christianity. 

Jenn shares her hopes for the women in the prison, “I pray that I am showing them Christ's love for them in word and deed.” 

“Jenn is a real team player and a wonderful addition to our team here at Send,” says Lesley. “Her joy at seeing God at work and her commitment to showing love in even the most difficult circumstances shine out of her.” 

You can find out more about our prison chaplaincies on our website and explore how you might be able to support their work. 

“The ministry that our prison chaplains offer to inmates and staff alike is second to none,” shares Martin Breadmore, Archdeacon of Dorking. “I’m particularly inspired by their determination to be available to everyone and seize every opportunity to engage with those they walk alongside.” 

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