Get It Off Your Chest


POPS are launching our ‘Get It Off Your Chest’ campaign, taking place throughout May 2021.

Families with whom we work with directly have shared with us the highs and many lows of this past year. We have witnessed the extreme challenges, the hopes and the disappointments.

We want to give families across the country an opportunity to share their experiences and ‘Get It Off Your Chest’. Our hope is that the campaign will help families feel heard and inform a report we are writing to highlight the experiences of families.

To enable as many people as possible to contribute we have created a number of different routes by which individuals can share their experiences. Firstly, we will be holding a series of online events covering particular topics including lockdown, health and release:

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 7.30pm – Lockdown 

Sunday 23rd May 2021, 4.00pm – Health

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 7.30pm – Release

These events will be partially recorded (based on participants agreement) to enable us to effectively transcribe families’ contributions but once this process is completed any recordings will be deleted. Participants will be able to amend their screen names and/or switch off their video feed to further assist in protecting your anonymity should you so wish.

Alternative Options

If you are unable to attend the online events then we would still love to hear from you. You can send us an email or voice note to

You can tell us anything but if you’re struggling to know where to start we have prepared the following questions:

1. Tell us about how the lockdown affected you and loved ones.

2. If you have children, tell us about their experience of lockdown and how it has impacted their relationship with your imprisoned family member.

3. Tell us any specific challenges you have faced during the last year.

4. What helped, or did not help, you to get through the experience of the last year?

5. Are you still the same person?

6. Tell us a touching poignant or funny thing that happened during the lockdown.

We have also put these questions into a survey which you can access by clicking here if this is easier for you.

All contributions will be treated anonymously. Quotes from family contributions will be used within the report and to highlight the report via our social media accounts, but again, no names or identifying information will be used. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact

We look forward to hearing from you.

The POPS Team