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Interview with Prison Governor

One of the young people we support had the opportunity to interview Ralph Lubkowski, Deputy Governor at HMP Leicester. The discussed family visits, family friendly prisons and the role of the prison system, really interesting to watch, looking forward to sharing the full interview... read more

Tapestry Takeover!

Over half term we teamed up with Modern Art Oxford for a tapestry takeover, inspired by the work of artist Hannah Ryggen, who told stories through her tapestries. The project was run with three groups of young people who we support; each group came up with a 1m by 1.5m design within their teams. The theme was ‘What would make your community better?’ The children and young people came up with some fantastic ideas; a community space, helping each other, more trees and animals and more things to do. After drawing their different ideas they used coloured paper to create a design as a team, thinking carefully about how they should use straight lines to ensure it wasn’t too difficult to weave later on! The groups worked well within their teams, listening to each other and building on ideas together. The staff from Modern Art Oxford also taught them how to weave on mini looms which everyone really enjoyed! The 3m loom has been built by Modern Art Oxford and will be in their workshop space from 11th November – 6th January. The designs the groups came up with will be on view behind the loom ready for members of the public to come in and complete the weaving of the designs. Feel free to drop in and have a go! (Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street,... read more

Blog – A young persons view of having their parent in prison

We have been working on a blog to show the effects of having a parent in prison from different angles, firstly we have a poem from a young person whose father is in prison. Dear George, I know your my biological father, I know all that shit, I know you won’t read this, Cause your an idiotic prick, I know that sounds harsh, But its really not, What’s harsh is you left me, And I felt forgot, Imagine that feeling, All of your life, Imagine just dreaming, About how to die, How do u feel, Well I feel like shit, But you taught me one think, Don’t trust a prick, Cause all of your promises, All of the lies, Look at me, I’m just like you dad, I’m turning into you, The lies, The people, That I’ve hurt to, So next time you think, Of robbing a house, Or selling drugs, I want you to remember, you can be someone else, You can start up our family, Give us a good life, I know its a poem, But that’s how I write, I’m giving you your final chance, Your final life, But this is not a game, You can’t cheat, But you can die, So think before you act, Think of me and Ed, And little William, Think of the fright, You think it is funny, You think it’s alright, But it’s not funny, And it’s not a good life, So if these are out last words, Then I do love you dad, But I can’t handle this, Your making me mad, I have anxiety, Depression and more, But... read more

Interview on BBC radio Oxford

Have a listen to Bridget, a grandmother we have been supporting for nearly 2 years. Learn more about the work we do and understand a bit about what it is like to have a parent in prison. Interested in volunteering with us? Please get in... read more