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Fine Cell Work opens new hub for ex-offenders

Fine Cell Work opens new hub for ex-offenders



Fine Cell Work, the charity which trains and pays prisoners to do fine needlework in their cells for commercial sale, is planning to open a London-based crafts training studio for ex-offenders. The workshop will be called the Fine Works Hub and will offer work experience, accredited employment training and one to one mentoring to participants. […]

Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders

Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders



Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) will replace the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). HMPPS will have full responsibility for the operational management of offenders in custody and the community, including strengthening security in prisons, tackling extremism and building intelligence about criminal gangs. Supported to recruit an extra 2,500 officers, the new service will […]

Ways of living: unlocking young people’s potential

Ways of living: unlocking young people’s potential



For three weeks in August 2016, funded by the Foyle Foundation and managed by engage Cymru in partnership with Unitas, six young people at Hillside Secure Unit and eight people at Bridgend Parc Prison YOI were engaged in intensive artist led Summer Arts Colleges. Literacy, numeracy, digital and research skills were innovatively woven into a […]

Orchestras for everyone: symposium summary

Orchestras for everyone: symposium summary



On 23rd November 2016, Orchestras Live held a symposium to examine the barriers that face people when accessing and engaging in high quality orchestral performances. In her summary of the day, Orchestras Live’s CEO Sarah Derbyshire notes that “there was collective agreement that more concrete collaboration and joint action across those represented in the room […]

Storify: Anne Peaker lecture 2016

Storify: Anne Peaker lecture 2016



If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Anne Peaker lecture on 7th December, we’ve Storified the Tweets from the night. The event focused on the use of film and photography in criminal justice settings, and featured a key note lecture from artist and photographer Edmund Clark. The lecture was followed by an interesting and […]

NCJAA Annual Member Survey 2016

NCJAA Annual Member Survey 2016



The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA)’s annual member survey gathers information from arts and criminal justice organisations to assess whether the work we are undertaking fits what is needed by you, our members, and the wider sector. Please take 10 minutes to answer questions on various aspects of your organisation and your work, and […]

Clean Break have been awarded the 2016 Longford Prize for their collaboration with the Donmar Warehouse and York St John’s University

Clean Break have been awarded the 2016 Longford Prize for their collaboration with the Donmar Warehouse and York St John’s University



We are delighted to share the news that the 2016 Longford Prize has been awarded jointly to Unlock and the Shakespeare Trilogy Project. The Shakespeare Trilogy Project comprises of the Donmar Warehouse, Clean Break and York St John’s University, with the winners being awarded for work carried out over the last four years in women’s prisons and as […]