Inspiring creativity and encouraging personal and social change through the arts

The Prison Arts Foundation is as important as it is unique. Thanks to our pioneering work with people with convictions lives are being transformed and patterns of behaviour changed for good.

Our team of experienced professional artists working across the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland are offering people with convictions a life-line, helping to improve their creative and communications skills, which is key to personal and social development, building self-confidence and unlocking people’s potential.

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Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund the Support Hub provides a wraparound support service to people returning to the community following release from prison, those on probation and those serving non-custodial sentences. It is a collaborative service working along with Start360 and Community Sports Network.

Prison Arts Foundation interventions provided:

  • Braille/volunteering opportunities
  • Music
  • Creative writing
  • Visual Arts
  • Painting

How can I access this service?

David Johnston


Start360 interventions provided:

  • Support for drug and alcohol issues
  • Life skills education
  • 1-2-1 interventions
  • Mental health support
  • Benefits advice
  • Housing support
  • Parenting skills.

How can I access this service?

Joanne Davidson

028 9043 5810


Community Sports Network interventions provided:

  • Free gym and fitness training sessions
  • Engagement sessions linked to the community
  • Sports coaching and group activities
  • Personal development opportunities and qualifications
  • Volunteering opportunities.

How can I access this service?

Billy Boyd

028 9029 7661