19 Smithycroft Road
THE PLAYSTATION @ BARLINNIE PRISON
The Playstation (Toybox Lee Avenue) is a charitable company, which exists to improve the quality of visits for children and their families, to help to maintain family relationships and to make a significant contribution to the visiting environment for families in Barlinnie Prison.
It is run by a dedicated group of volunteers with two enthusiastic members of staff, all guided and inspired by Ann, the Play Coordinator.
THE CHILDREN WHO VISIT
Thousands of children visit family members in Barlinnie every year – some come only once, others we get to know over many months. Growing up when someone in your family is in prison presents huge challenges, and visiting them can be a stressful and even frightening time. The calm, playful atmosphere in The Playstation play area can help to make visiting as happy and family-friendly as it can be.
WHAT WE OFFER
The Playstation provides a welcoming space in the prison visits room where children can play and relax, supported by a team of trained play volunteers and three members of staff, who all work to ensure that every child’s experience is a positive one.
The play area also offers an opportunity for the children to meet others in a similar situation - Something that might not be possible otherwise.