An essential part of the High Sheriff’s role is to work with the prisons in their county, but the pandemic limited prison visits. So, Dr Llewelyn was delighted to take the opportunity to spend time at HMP High Down, the men’s prison in Sutton, together with Lynn Cooper, the High Sheriff of Greater London.
After discussing the plans for changing to a Category C institution in April 2022, Governor Amy Frost gave both women a prison tour.
During the two-hour visit, Dr Llewelyn and Mrs Cooper learned the difference between the routines in the house blocks. They enjoyed seeing classes in action in the education unit, where they spoke with an inmate in an English class.
They visited the impressive visitors centre and learned about the range of employment training opportunities that are starting to run again post-pandemic.
Dr Llewelyn said: “It was excellent to do a joint visit with the High Sheriff of London. We were both so impressed that we gave the whole team at High Down a High Sheriff’s Award for their dedication and hard work during the pandemic.”