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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

Project Worker Job Description – Reading

Project Worker To apply, please email your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification to info@childrenheardandseen.co.uk Email Reference: CHASR1 Call 07557339258 for more information.     Responsible to:  Chief Executive Job Summary: Children Heard and Seen is a charity within the Thames Valley area that works solely to support children and families affected by parental imprisonment.  This post delivers a key function of our work, namely direct support for families affected by imprisonment who live in Reading. Hours: 24 hours a week Salary: £21,715.20 pro rata Probation:  A probationary period of 6 months will apply. Fixed Contract:  Fixed Term 1 year, subject to funding Location: Reading Holidays: 25 working days per year pro rata, plus 8 Public Holidays Pension:4% employers contribution stakeholder pension.  Individual staff can choose their level of  contribution. Start Date:  ASAP Interviews:  11th October 2017   All staff are subject to a criminal records check from Disclosure Scotland. Previous criminal record does not automatically prevent someone from qualifying for this post. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.       1 To identify and scope the needs of children of prisoners who live in the Reading area. Participate in relevant meetings with Police and other partners to implement robust pathways into support.   2   Deliver group sessions for children and young people who have a parent in prison.     3   Provide one-to-one support to families affected by imprisonment. This includes: Under take a whole family assessment Managing a family caseload to address individual needs, referring to appropriate services (i.e. housing, health, welfare) as required.    ... 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