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Creating change through theatre with women on probation

Creating change through theatre with women on probation

Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) has been awarded £20,000 from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for the pioneering arts intervention programme, Creating Change, now in its third year of operation.

Developed by HCT, alongside BearFace Theatre and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company, Creating Change uses drama to encourage women on probation to explore relationships, thoughts and feelings in an engaging and interactive way.

The programme began in 2017 and, to date, over 200 women have participated. The programme supports desistance theory in multiple ways – by developing strong support bonds and networks, by recognising strengths rather than offences and by building self-esteem and self-confidence.

The 2018 – 2019 evaluation report by Alexandra Russell is available on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s Evidence Library here

Find out more about the programme here

Image: Creating Change 2019 programme, Hampshire