Applying to Haven

If you are a prisoner attending an educational course such as NVQ, Open University, A Level, etc, and would like help in purchasing specific course literature, we may be able to help.

Haven Distribution will purchase books for prisoners' courses to a maximum of £20 per person, per calendar year who have a minimum of 3 months left to serve. We encourage prisoners to leave the books in the prison library once the course is finished so that other prisoners can use them.

If you would like an application form, please download it here, or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to us at the address above. Please be aware that all applications must be accompanied by a supporting letter from a tutor or proof of acceptance from the distance learning provider (e.g. Open University).

You can download our data protection policy here.

Due to limited resources, Haven Distribution is unable to help with the purchase of books for general reading. Please speak to the prison librarian for more information about ordering non-educational books.

The range of books previously sent to prisoners is vast, covering such topics as

  • Accounting
  • Animal Care & Management
  • Building Construction
  • Computer Studies
  • Counselling
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • ESOL
  • Geography
  • Gym Instruction/Personal Trainer
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Oceanography
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Social Policy
  • Sound Engineering
  • TEFL
  • Youth Work

We have also sent a large number of dictionaries to prisoners, mostly in English and Spanish, but also in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Punjabi, Romanian, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu.

Image kindly provided by Clifford Harper
"Thank you so much for the Dictionary of British Sign Language.... People like the teacher here and yourself have made me start to change and I hope this will continue and I can become a better person and go on to help others."
AS, HMP Full Sutton

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