Imagine If

Phoenix

PHOENIX

“This course has already built my confidence, self-esteem and communication skills more than private therapy or counselling EVER could!”

— Bird on the Wing Graduate

Phoenix is a through the gate programme which works with people who have convictions in a holistic manner, providing arts-based opportunities to assist in positive resettlement and maintain motivation to cease offending behaviour. It has been created in consultation with prison leavers, who imagine if already works with.

Phoenix ran weekly interventions with Men with convictions from November 2020 until December 2021. From January 2022 we will no longer be running weekly Phoenix interventions, therefore we are not currently accepting referrals for Phoenix.

Phoenix included:

Weekly face to face and online theatre based workshops

Creatively working towards a yearly public performance and other opportunities to share creative work with an audience

Face to face and remote support with employment such as interview skills, CVs and disclosures

Appropriate referrals to relevant support organisations

The opportunity for participation, training, work experience and paid roles

Monthly, free arts-based social events organised and funded by imagine if

Tailored training in public speaking, peer-mentoring and employment skills

Paid opportunities to present own artistic work and participate in film and theatre work

Paid opportunities as lived experience experts, to represent imagine if at sector events and test new work for criminal justice settings

Paid Performance Opportunities we offered in 2020/1:

Is Anyone There?

Is Anyone There? was a devised, live, outdoor production with Phoenix participants at the heart of it. Is Anyone There? was created and devised by the participants from deciding on the shows themes and content to leading on the marketing and logistics of the show all supported by a professional creative team.

“The whole production is something new, incredible and intimate at the same time. You get to hear the unheard, listen to the misunderstood, give social justice a chance and deeply connect with the characters. All whilst having a good, pleasant time at the theatre setting. It was an interesting experience like no other” – South Leeds Life

Criminal Justice Training

imagine if ran training for artists and criminal justice practitioners from April to September 2021 in online and face-to-face workshops. The sessions were as follows:

CRIME AND CREATIVITY: GUIDING PRINCIPLES

DEVISING AN ESCAPE: THEATRE MAKING IN PRISONS

A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: PRISON TOURS

CREATIVITY ‘ON THE OUT’

PROVE IT: MEASURING CREATIVITY

PRISON PRACTICE JAM & NETWORKING

People with convictions who have worked with us in prison or in the community were involved in each session providing lived experience perspectives on each training topic.

Free as a Bird

The Free as a Bird documentary has been created in collaboration with some of imagine if’s Bird on the Wing Graduates who have worked with us since they were in prison, and ever since they were released. It shows the value the arts have in helping people change their lives.

For more information on the Phoenix programme including analysis into the impact of resettlement programmes vs. reoffending download our information pack by clicking here.

 

 

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