Irish Red Cross Prison Programme

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-14-32-14The award winning Irish Red Cross prison programme is a unique approach to raising community health, hygiene awareness and first aid in prisons using groups of special status Irish Red Cross Volunteer Inmates as peer to peer educators.

The programme operates under a partnership of the Irish Red Cross, the Irish Prison Service and Education & Training Boards (ETB’s).  Initially piloted in Wheatfield prison in June 2009  and extended to all 14 prisons throughout Ireland by 2014.

Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce the programme through special status Irish Red Cross Volunteer Inmates in a prison setting. Community Based Health & First Aid in Action (CBHFA) was originally designed by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to be facilitated globally in communities in a simple and flexible way.

The initiative benefits the prisoner community daily plus staff and families of prisoners. Evaluation of the programme has demonstrated high impact in terms of improvement within the prison environment as well as projects that have led to a significant increase in healthcare awareness and prisoner’s personal wellbeing.