As Sylvia Mary Alison was seeking wisdom on launching Prison Fellowship in England and Wales over 40 years ago, she received an image in prayer of a house that took up the whole of the country. The ground floor was made up of the prison population and the people the rest of society have cast off. She wrote,

“The Lord was rebuilding from the foundations upwards, according to His holiness and righteousness… He calls of the people of willing and generous hearts, to give of their gifts and skills to help build.”

In this year of our 40th anniversary, we invite all PF volunteers to join us at our Conference, to re-envision that calling to help build something holy in our prisons!


When? 20-22nd September 2019

Where? The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, in Derbyshire



Jonathan Veira - Prison Fellowship

We are thrilled to welcome back well-known Christian singer and entertainer, Jonathan Veira, who is a firm friend of Prison Fellowship. Jonathan will be leading our times of worship through the weekend.


John Illingsworth

John Illingsworth has worked in prisons since 1984 with a 5 year break to pursue Christian ministry before returning in 2009. He has been Governor in charge of four prisons (Lancaster Castle, Garth, Liverpool and Wymott) and has been working in his current post since September 2016.

He aims to inspire others to give of their best and to engender hope for staff, partners, colleagues and prisoners. He is committed to improving safety and security with a clear focus on rehabilitation.

John will be leading us each day in a Bible reflection on our central theme.


Rev Jo Honour

Rev Jo Honour has worked as an Anglican Chaplain in prisons for 24 years and is currently Managing Chaplain at HMP Stafford where the work is exclusively with people convicted of a sexual offence.

Jo will be leading a workshop on Saturday afternoon.


Patrick Regan

Patrick Regan OBE is founder of Kintsugi Hope and previously founded the youth organisation XLP.

Patrick and his wife Diane founded Kintsugi Hope after a series of operations and events that took them to the brink; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Through opening up about their struggles they realised how many people have felt alone in theirs and the great need for each of us to be vulnerableopen and honest when life is hard.

Patrick will be speaking to us on Saturday morning.


Barry Woodward

After being dependent on heroin for fifteen years and spending a number of terms in prison, Barry Woodward had a ‘religious experience’, which resulted in his life being totally transformed. He is an accredited travelling minister with the Assemblies of God denomination, and author of Once an Addict.

Barry will be speaking to us on the Friday evening.

— Register

Register to attend the volunteer conference this September!

Your questions answered

You are invited to arrive at the conference centre from 4pm on Friday 20th. Dinner will be at 6pm, and the evening session will start at 7pm. We will finish with lunch together on the Sunday, and you are free to leave after that.
It is being held at The Hayes Conference Centre, in Swanwick, where PF has been holding its conferences for decades! The address is: Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 1AU. Click here to see a Google map of the location.
The Individual Weekend rate is £170. If you book during our anniversary weekend (30th and 31st March) you get the discounted price of £160!

A Group Rate is available for groups of 4, giving you £10 each off the total price.

If you require your own room and do not want to share, you must pay a single room supplement of £27.

If you want to attend during the day but don't require accommodation, you can pay either £110 for the whole weekend, or £65 for one day.

We do not want cost to be prohibitive for anyone. If this is a concern for you, please contact Rachel in the office on 020 7799 2500 and we might be able to help.

Please include them in the appropriate comment box on the Registration form and we will make sure they are accommodated.
If you require an adapted/accessible bedroom, please let us know on the booking form. All the communal rooms are accessible.
The local station is Alfreton Station on the Sheffield-Nottingham and Liverpool-Norwich lines, and is about three miles from the station to The Hayes. Please be advised that there is no lift available at Alfreton Station.

Some guests may prefer to travel to Derby Station, with direct lines from London, then catch a bus (see below) or taxi from Derby to The Hayes.

The conference centre recommends that you pre-book taxis if arriving at Alfreton and Derby Stations. Their recommended reliable taxi company is Amber Taxis 01773 836100.

To travel by Bus from Derby catch the 9.1, 9.2 or 9.3 bus from Stand C2 on Corporation Street and ask to be dropped opposite ‘The Gate’ pub in Swanwick. Then walk down Hayes Lane. The Conference Centre is straight ahead – approximately a five minute walk. From Alfreton catch the 9.1, 9.2 or 9.3 bus (towards Derby) from either the bus or train station and ask to be dropped outside ‘The Gate’ pub in Swanwick. Then walk down Hayes Lane. For details of bus times and prices please contact Trentbarton buses on 01773 712265 or click here.

Click here to see a Google map of the location. The Hayes Conference Centre postcode is DE55 1AU, and it is just 5 miles from the M1.

From Junction 28 of the M1 take the A38 dual carriageway towards Derby. Leave the A38 at the exit marked A615 Matlock / A61 Chesterfield and at the roundabout take the B6179 towards Swanwick and Ripley. After 0.8 miles turn left (B6016) at the traffic lighted cross roads by the Church in the centre of Swanwick. 500 yards down the road, past the school buildings, turn right signed ‘Conference Centre’ into Hayes Lane. The Conference Centre is straight ahead.