The Prison Arts Foundation has, in common with many other organisations, been subject to reduced funding. Within this environment our Chairman, Oliver Brannigan on behalf of the Board of Trustees wishes to acknowledge the support we have received from the many bodies we have named in our overview 2015/16. This support is all the more laudable when we recognise that they are also dealing with reduced circumstances.
The Prison Arts Foundation is a registered charity which seeks to contribute to the rehabilitation of those within and without the prison system. We all have a stake in ensuring that our Penal System works – both in terms of preventing further crime and in properly reflecting our common values of justice and compassion.
Oliver writes that he is
“pleased to say that our organisation subscribes to this ideal and strives for excellence in its service delivery. Recognition of excellence requires evidence. I am glad to say we have an abundance of evidence throughout this Report.
I am proud to be a position to give recognition to the energy, skill and professionalism of the artists who deliver our front line services and our staff who support them. I acknowledge the regular need to go the extra mile and their willingness to go that extra mile.
I am impressed by the wisdom of the American Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist Ellen Goodman who said recently that
“I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.”
Our ultimate success factor in relation to our endeavours is the willingness of all others within the System to engage support and believe in our determination to make many small differences on a continuous basis.”