The criminal justice agenda is a central focus of the government’s drive to increase social inclusion. This programme aims to work with some of Northern Ireland’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups of people at a pivotal point in their lives. PAF take seriously the fact that too many people who have a history of being involved with the criminal justice system think the arts are not for them, and our ‘Inspiring Change in the Community’ programme aims to break down this preconception by making arts fully inclusive.
Each short residency will work with people who may feel marginalised due to their past, initially to help them explore the arts, build their skills and confidence and increase their opportunities for re-engaging with positive pathways. PAF believe that making people feel included, valued members of society and part of their community’s cultural landscape helps divert them away from pathways of crime and break the cycle of re-offending.
We would like to encourage groups to apply to this year’s programme. Please click the link below for more information on the project or to download a referral form –