Alpha in Prison
Alpha runs in over 50% of prisons in the UK
The Prison population in the UK is more than 85,000 and continues to increase. Our vision is that every inmate will have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith through Alpha.
Prisoners often experience a sense of loss and have a hunger to find purpose and meaning in life. Alpha can give them a chance to ask life’s big questions and find out about the Christian faith in a safe, informal and friendly environment.
Thoughts on Alpha in Prisons
“Our number one commissioning intention is '...to ensure a rehabilitative culture that motivates offenders to make positive changes in their lives'. I can think of no better way to do that than through Alpha.”
- Nikki Marfleet
Prison Governor HMP Woodhill
"Prison can be a place of transformation, and Alpha for Prisons has proved again and again a means by which many prisoners have found transformation – new purpose, direction and faith. It is truly a remarkable work."
– The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin
Bishop of Kensington, UK
Follow the story of John, Dwayne and David and their experiences of the Criminal Justice System from the inside, through incarceration to transformation.
The Church volunteer and Chaplain experience
Alpha in prison offers...
Alpha is sustainable because the local church carries the workload of planning, hosting and presenting Alpha, under the supervision of the Prison Chaplain. Alpha is run in full cooperation of the prison authorities.
Alpha has been attended by millions of people around the globe. In 2017, over 52,000 people experienced Alpha in all kinds of prisons. Resources and training materials are continually updated and made relevant for the prison context.
Alpha volunteers are required to attend security training before they start to work in prisons. Alpha prison training is provided by our National Alpha Office in partnership with the prisons.
How to run Alpha in Prison
Our Prisons team from the Alpha Office will provide training for you and your team. Alpha is sustainable because the local church carries the workload of planning, hosting and presenting Alpha, under the supervision of the Prison Chaplain. Alpha is run in full cooperation of the prison authorities.
Pray about your decision to run Alpha and for your local prisons.
Make sure to register your Alpha with the UK National Alpha Office before starting.