Opportunities and Services

We’ve made this database to help you find out about other organisations offering interesting experiences and support. It includes UK-wide opportunities, relating to the arts, social issues, further learning, and work.

If you would prefer to talk through options available to you, please give us a call and we will do our best to help.

  • Abbeycare

    Abbeycare Group are private residential addiction treatment clinics situated throughout the UK.

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  • Achieve, Inspire, and Motivate – CIC

    AIM-CIC works for the benefit of young people and families in Staffordshire by providing youth work and other learning opportunities.

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  • Act On It

    Act On It provides quality vocational training by developing and delivering accredited courses and bespoke training programmes.

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  • Anawim

    Anawim is a women’s centre who support women and their children, especially women vulnerable to exploitation and prostitution, through courses, counselling, support, advice and advocacy.

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  • Anglia Care Trust

    Anglia Care Trust support people experiencing domestic abuse, alcohol or substance misuse, ex-offenders and vulnerable young people with advice and advocacy.

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  • Apex Charitable Trust

    Apex Charitable Trust helps people with criminal records to find suitable employment. There are also specialist guidance and support for women and a safe space provided to combat isolation through creative activities.

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  • Art in the Gart

    The Art in the Gart programme provides patient-led art and gardening activities at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow.

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  • Artbeat

    Artbeat offer classes in dance, music and art from different culture, such as gamelan, samba drumming, african drumming, making Indonesian shadow puppets and carnival dancing.

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  • Arts Active

    Arts Active hold a community gamelan group, as well as other creative arts projects. They now have a range of projects that young people and adults can engage with from home.

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  • Arts Alive Arts Trust

    Arts Alive Arts Trust helps young people to find their place in society through art.

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  • Arts Award

    Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and art leaders across all the arts.

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  • Awayforward Foundation

    Awayforward Foundation offers counselling and mentoring to help people with mental health problems, to help reduce re-offending and provide emotional guidance.

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  • Back on Track

    Back on Track works with adults going through recovery or rehabilitation to make lasting, positive change to their lives. They run courses and give one-to-one support to NEET young people.

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  • Back on Track Housing

    Back on Track Housing is a charity organisation which aims to support vulnerable person/family prior to and on release to prevent homelessness, the chain of cycles of homelessness and re-offending among who are not eligible under the Housing Act.

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  • Blueprint: Film Foundation

    Blueprint: Film Foundation runs film and multimedia projects for community and education groups.

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  • Borderline Books

    Borderline Books collects books and redistributes them to organisations working with homeless people, ex-offenders, refugees and asylum seekers and others in need.

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  • Bounce Back Foundation

    Bounce Back Foundation provide training and paid employment to ex-offenders in the area of painting and decorating.

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  • Breathing Space

    A free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

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  • Bristol Community Gamelan

    Bristol Community Gamelan have a community gamelan ensemble.

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  • Campaign to End Loneliness

    We are a network of national, regional organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. We want to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.

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  • Cardboard Citizens

    Cardboard Citizens is a professional theatre company who make plays with and for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

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  • Carer Support and Info

    Advice for and about Carers Call 0141 353 6504

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  • Caring for Ex-Offenders

    Caring for Ex-Offenders helps ex-offenders settle into society when leaving prison by connecting them to local church communities.

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  • Catch 22

    Catch 22 offers help with apprenticeships, employability, education, justice and advice.

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  • Chance for Children

    Chance for Children help and support troubled children through arts and music and offer arts based interventions and therapeutic arts programmes.

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  • Changing Lives

    Changing Lives helps over 14,500 people change their lives for the better each year. We are a national charity dedicated to supporting people with the most complex needs to make meaningful and lasting improvements to their lives. 0191 273 8891 email…

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  • Changing Tunes

    Changing Tunes is a music project for offenders in prison and in the community.

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  • Choose Life

    Suicide. Don’t hide it. Talk about it. if you are feeling suicidal, the best thing is to talk. Speak to someone you can trust or call a helpline. Services are available on the phone and through text or webchat…

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  • Citizens Advice Service

    Citizens Advice Service gives advice on work, money, relationships, housing, the law, tax, healthcare and education

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  • Clean Break Theatre Company

    Clean Break Theatre Company works with women who have been affected by the criminal justice system. They offer high-quality theatre-based courses, qualifications, training opportunities and specialist support.

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  • Cleansheet

    Cleansheet is a Christian charity that helps offenders and ex-offenders into work.

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  • Clinks

    Clinks supports, promotes and represents the voluntary sector working with people in the criminal justice system and their families.

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  • Common Wheel

    Supports people with mental illness by providing meaningful activities. They offer projects in four areas: music, bikes, visual arts and climbing.

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  • Community Led Initiatives

    CLI offer mentoring to support people practically and emotionally to help them make changes in their lives. The organisation is led, staffed and delivered by people with experience of the issues faced by the people they support, such as…

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  • Core Arts

    Core Arts promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through a college-like environment of creative learning. Providing quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and…

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  • County Durham Families Information Service

    County Durham Families Information Service provides local information for families.

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  • Create

    Create runs creative arts projects to help engage with vulnerable and disengaged people.

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  • Create Jobs

    Create Jobs helps creative young Londoners to find work in the arts through training, events and working with employers.

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  • Creativity Works

    Creativity Works runs projects for a range of people, including those who experience mental health problems, older people, families and children, vulnerable women, carers, and young people. They also have a range of online resources.

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  • Criminon United Kigdom

    Criminon United Kingdom provides life skills, drug awareness and moral education to help prisoners achieve lasting rehabilitation.

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  • Dance United

    Dance United run contemporary dance workshops for offenders and young offenders.

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  • Deep Listening Institute

    Deep Listening Institute provides a unique approach to music, literature, art, meditation, technology and healing.

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  • Depaul

    The Depaul charity works with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to help them find suitable housing, to complete forms and claim benefits, speak to agencies on their behalf, and signpost to external support services.

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  • Drum Africa

    Drum Africa run drumming workshops and welcome beginners of all ages and abilities.

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  • Elephant Drums

    Elephant Drums run one-to-one kit lessons, workshops and events.

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  • Elevate Glasgow

    Elevate-Glasgow is an Employability Public Social Partnership for individuals in recovery from problematic drug &/or alcohol misuse which involves over 30 organisations. Glasgow Council on Alcohol is the lead agency supporting the partners within the PSP. It uses an…

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  • English PEN

    English PEN believes in safeguarding the freedom to read and write and run a programme that brings writers and books into closed and neglected communities, such as prisons.

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  • Families Outside

    Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland working exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment. We speak to thousands of families each year, providing information and support on issues such as housing, finance, and emotional support.

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  • FÈIS ROIS

    We enable people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language through a diverse programme of activities in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond.  

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  • Fine Cell Work

    Fine Cell Work trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework.

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  • Firebird Community Gamelan

    Firebird Community Gamelan is a community gamelan ensemble.

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  • First Step Trust

    FST provides work experience, on the job training and salaried employment for people excluded from working life because of mental health conditions, learning disabilities, drug or alcohol and other disadvantages.

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  • Forward Trust – Online Chat

    Offers free, confidential advice on a range of issues – from drug and alcohol issues and mental health challenges to housing problems and benefit concerns – whether you are calling for yourself or to support a friend or relative.

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  • Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

    FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is a leading media arts centre that offer exhibitions and arts projects.

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  • Gamelan Na Gaillimhe

    Gamelan Na Gaillimhe is a community gamelan group.

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  • Gamelan Naga Mas

    Gamelan Naga Mas is a community gamelan group and run school workshops, inclusive workshops and and clashed for beginners.

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  • Geese Theatre Company

    Geese Theatre Company work in prisons and mental health settings and with people on probation, at risk of offending and ex-offenders.

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  • Get Set Academy

    Get SET Academy is the training arm of 1 Business Enterprise. We aim to place apprentices within organisations that are motivated to support and train them. We have good relationships with employers who apply positive business ethics, and who…

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  • Hammer and Tong Productions

    Hammer and Tong Productions works with young people in the area of filmmaking, music, art and drama.

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  • Hardman Directory

    The Hardman Directory aims to provide prisoners and ex-offenders with accurate, up-to-date information on the money and other resources that are available to those who are doing all they can to rebuild their lives and to contribute in a…

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  • Healthy relationships and consent

    A resource for professionals which aims to help them support young people in their understanding of healthy relationships and consent.

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  • Helix Arts

    Helix Arts works with artists to create opportunities for people to participate in high quality arts activities.

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  • Help!

    EPIC Card 03102018 – Final Phone Numbers of help services in and around Glasgow

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  • Hertfordshire Music Services

    Hertfordshire Music Services run world musiic workshops in gamelan, steel pans, djembe, samba and taiko.

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  • Housing Rights

    Housing Rights gives housing advice to offenders and ex-offenders.

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  • Improvisation, Community and Social Practice

    Improvisation, Community and Social Practice creates a space to share experience using improvised music.

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  • Insidetime

    Insidetime is the national newspaper for offenders and ex-offenders.

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  • Jahdiafolila

    Jahdiafolila run drumming classes at beginner and intermediate levels.

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  • Know your human rights

    Online tool to give you information about how human rights and help you have more control over your own life and be treated with dignity and respect.

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  • Koestler Trust

    Koestler Trust encourages ex-offenders to change their lives through taking part in the arts.

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  • Lambhill Stables

    A community hub and social enterprise for North Glasgow, Lambhill Stables was set up in 2007 with the aim of providing recreational, occupational, training and employment opportunities. The derelict former stables building, a staging post in the days when…

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  • Let’s Talk

    SAMH’s Let’s TALK project will challenge stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health; encourage people to think about their mental health; introduce self-management techniques to increase resilience and; support people struggling with their mental health through training, information and signposting,…

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  • Life Link

    Lifelink offers a range of community based services at multiple, convenient locations. Our practitioners currently work with a huge range of clients with various problems. Lifelink can offer support to anyone who is struggling to cope with everyday stress…

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  • Links Worker Programme

    A Scottish Government funded programme aiming to mitigate the impact of the social determinants of health in people that live in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation (top 15% SIMD). The programme is gathering and sharing learning about the ‘links worker’ role…

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  • London Shakespeare Workout

    London Shakespeare Workout run a prison project in which actors and filmmakers work with offenders and ex-offenders.

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  • London Southbank Centre

    London Southbank Centre run gamelan courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

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  • LSO Discovery

    London Symphony Orchestra Discovery run two run groups – beginner and advanced.

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  • Mayor’s Fund for London

    Mayor’s Fund for London empowers young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain skills to secure employment.

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  • Mind

    Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

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  • Mind in Camden

    Mind in Camden works with people experiencing voices, visions, unusual beliefs, anxiety, hopelessness and extremes of mood and provide support groups.

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  • Mind the Men

    Mind the Men is a men’s (18+) suicide prevention peer support group. They provide a safe place to talk about life’s challenges, be listened to and feel supported.

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  • Moor Trees

    Moor Trees aims to reduce re-offending by providing an Offender Pathway to Employment Programme in the area on environment conservation.

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  • Mosaic

    Mosaic helps young people transition from custody into the community through mentoring.

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  • Music Broth

    Borrow musical instruments and tutorials on how to play

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  • Music in Detention

    Music in Detention work in immigration centres and runs music workshops for detainees and people living near the centres.

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  • n-ergy

    n-ergy helps ex-offenders who are looking for a new start, wanting to make a career change or find out what opportunities are available to them.

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  • National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice

    National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice organises collaborations between prisons and galleries.

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  • National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders

    Nacro (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) provides services to equip people with skills, advice and support to improve their lives. They also offer a Homes Agency and a drug and alcohol treatment service.

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  • Nemo Arts

    Theatre Nemo is an organisation that exists to support people in recovery from poor mental health through the arts. We provide creative workshops that have a focus on mental wellbeing, teaching people coping strategies and developing a greater understanding…

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  • New Bridge Foundation

    New Bridge Foundation offers a befriending service to prisoners to provide a bridge between prison and the community.

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  • NEW Dance

    NEW Dance is a community dance organisation.

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  • NHS Crisis Service

    Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, callers, including those with learning disabilities and/or autism, will be offered a series of options which will divert them to their local crisis service.

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  • NHS Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT)

    If you live in England and are aged 18 or over, you can access NHS psychological therapies (IAPT) services. A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly without a referral. IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)…

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  • No Offence

    No Offence is an independent justice information exchange to ensure that everyone has a voice and is able to voice their opinions.

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  • Noise Solution

    Noise Solution runs music and technology programmes for young people with problems such as mental health, addiction, offending, challenging behaviour or chaotic lifestyle. Funding is required.

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  • Nottinghamshire Help Yourself

    Website to help people find information about a whole range of organisations and services including: * activities, groups and events in your local community * childcare providers * support for children and young people aged 0 – 25 with…

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  • ODD Arts

    ODD Arts works creatively with vulnerable and excluded groups and uses drama and the arts to educate, rehabilitate and transform participants’ lives.

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  • Open Arts

    Open Arts runs inclusive workshops in music, dance and drama including a gamelan ensemble.

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  • Outside In

    Outside In helps artists who are facing barriers to achieve.

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  • Oxford Gamelan Society

    Oxford Gamelan Society are a amateur gamelan group.

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  • Papyrus UK

    Papyrus provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline.

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  • Paragon

    Guided by our two key principles – equality and inclusion – we’re dedicated to inspiring young people and adults in Scotland to create new music and dance.

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  • Paraiso

    Paraiso run classes in samba percussion, dance, carnival, costume design and costume and float construction.

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  • Paths for All

    A walk and talk about mental health Scottish mental health charities launch a new toolkit aimed at reducing mental health stigma

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  • People’s Voice Media

    People’s Voice Media collect the voices and stories of people to challenge perceptions and create positive social change.

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  • Pimlico Opera in Prison

    Pimlico Opera bring opera and musical theatre workshops into prisons. The end result is a truly excellent piece of musical theatre performed before a paying public by a cast largely made up of prisoners – who are at the…

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  • Planet Drum

    Planet Drum offer drum lessons and music courses for all levels, including piano, guitar, singing, bass, songwriting, music production, trumpet and saxophone.

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  • Prince’s Trust

    Prince’s Trust help young people find employment, education and training.

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  • Prison Arts Foundation

    Prison Arts Foundation provides access to the arts for people who have offended.

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  • Prison Radio Association

    Prison Radio Association aims to reduce re-offending using radio.

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  • Prison Reading Groups

    Prison Reading Groups sets up and runs reading groups in prisons, in person and remotely.

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  • Prisoners’ Education Trust

    Prisoners’ Education Trust helps people in prisons to achieve their potential through learning. They offer GCSEs, A-Levels, degrees and vocational courses.

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  • Prisoners’ Families Helpline

    National Prisoners’ Families Helpline website for England and Wales. We offer support for families who have a loved one in contact with the criminal justice system.

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  • Recruit with Conviction

    Recruit with Conviction promotes safe, effective and sustainable employment for people with criminal records.

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  • Rehab 4 Addiction

    Rehab 4 Addiction offers a free hotline dedicated to helping people suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems. Rehab 4 Addiction was established in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves. You can contact Rehab…

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  • Rehab 4 Alcoholism

    Rehab 4 Alcoholism is a free and impartial helpline for people troubled with drug and alcohol issues.  Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late. Tel: 0800 111 4108

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  • Rideout

    Rideout uses creative arts for rehabilitation for people in prisons, and adults with autism or learning disabilities.

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  • Rockschool Music Production

    Meeting the needs of all aspiring recording engineers, electronic music producers, mix and mastering engineers, and is a great way for any young musician to evidence their skill progression. Course content applies to real-world scenarios – whether it’s in…

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  • Safeground

    Safeground uses drama to engage and motivate prisoners in education and family life.

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  • Samaritans

    We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Find out why our service works and what you can expect when…

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  • Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

    Now in its 12th year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in…

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  • Seventhreeone

    Seventhreeone uses the creative industries to further the education and skills of serving prisoners, ex-offenders and disengaged young people.

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  • Soft Touch Arts

    Soft Touch Arts uses the arts to offer young people with limited opportunities the change to work together.

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  • Sonic Bothy

    Inclusive new music ensemble that explores, composes and performs experimental and contemporary music with musicians with and without additional support needs.

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  • Sport 4 Life

    Sport 4 Life UK gives young people the life skills needed to move into education, training and employment through sports‑themed personal development services.

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  • St Giles Trust

    St Giles Trust runs service to help ex-offenders with employment, support, training and housing.

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  • Step Together

    Step Together transforms lives through volunteering, working with homeless, young people at risk of homelessness, young offenders, ex-offenders, long-term unemployed and isolated and disengaged members of society

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  • Steps 2 Wellbeing

    The Steps to Wellbeing Service is a free, confidential, NHS service for to people aged 18+.  We provide a service across the county of Dorset and in Southampton for people registered at either a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery

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  • Stop it Now!

    Stop It Now! is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. We speak to thousands of people every year, and help them take action to…

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  • Stretch Charity

    Stretch Charity create arts events for the prison population.

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  • Studio 3 Arts

    Studio 3 Arts brings artists and communities together.

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  • Suicide prevention overview

    Help is available when you’re feeling low – you don’t have to hurt yourself or suffer in silence. If you’re in crisis or struggling to cope, reach out to one of the services below.

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  • Suited and Booted

    Suited and Booted helps clients to create a positive first impression when seeking employment by providing good quality suits

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  • Supporting Others Through Voluntary Action

    Supporting Others Through Voluntary Action provides mentoring services for offenders, ex-offenders, long-term unemployed and refugees and asylum seekers.

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  • Synergy Theatre

    Synergy Theatre works with prisoners and ex-prisoners through theatre and related activities.

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  • Syrus Consultancy

    Syrus Consultancy delivers creative youth services using creative writing, spoken word, music and drama to deter young people from offending.

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  • Taiko Meantime

    Taiko Meantime run school workshops, weekend workshops, regular classes and a summer school in Japanese Taiko drumming.

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  • The Comedy School

    The Comedy School is the only arts organisation of its kind in the UK which works with comedy in many different settings.

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  • The Hardman Trust

    The Hardman Trust helps offenders and ex-offenders to get their lives back on track when released.

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  • The Haven

    Offers out of hours mental health support to anyone aged 16 or over in York and Selby.  

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  • The Irene Taylor Trust

    The Irene Taylor Trust helps prisoners create original music.

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  • The Libertie Project

    The Libertie Project works with offenders and ex-offenders and uses creativity to help develop positive working relationships, improve mental health and well-being, develop employability skills, trandition to employment and reduce offending behaviour.

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  • The Men’s Room

    The Men’s Room is an arts and social care agency that works with young men who are homeless or involved in sex work to get involved in arts projects and access support.

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  • The Mix

    The Mix provides information and support about sex and relationships, mental health, alcohol and drugs, housing, money, work, education and training, and crime.

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  • The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre

    The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre runs inclusive community groups in street dance, drama and arts, music and movement and drumming.

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  • The Point – Doncaster Community Arts

    Doncaster Community Arts runs visual arts, drama, dance and music groups for all members of the community. They have developed online creative activities to get involved with from home.

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  • The Reader

    The Reader Organisation connects people with great literature.

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  • The Thames Valley Partnership

    The Thames and Valley Partnership tackles social exclusion and aims to create safe communities.

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  • The Unsigned Guide

    The Unsigned Guide gives advice and information about funding for musicians and artists.

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  • Tony Cealy – Drama and Theatre Training

    Tony Cealy runs drama & theatre training, projects, programmes & workshops

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  • Trail-Blazers Mentoring Ltd

    Trail-Blazers Mentoring Ltd reduces re-offending among young people through mentoring.

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  • Tranquillity House

    Supporting the transformation of negative and outdated emotional, mental and behavioural patterns to free ourselves, realise our potential and embrace who we are.

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  • UK Addiction Treatment Centres

    Catering for all people from all walks of life. All our rehabs have 24/7 on-site specialist addiction professionals ensuring the patient will have the highest level of care offered in the country.

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  • Unlock

    Unlock campaign for better services for offenders to plan for life after release and support ex-offenders to re-build their lives.

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  • Wired 4 Music

    Wired 4 Music is a community of young people interested in music making.

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  • Women in Prison

    Women in Prison provides specialist services to women affected by the criminal justice system, in prison and in the community.

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  • Working Chance

    Working Chance helps women offenders make the transition into employment.

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  • Writers in Prison Network

    Writers in Prison Network brings together writers in the Criminal Justice System and the wider community.

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  • Wuntanara

    Wuntanara runs occasional one day drum and dance workshops as well as weekly dance workshops.

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  • YMCA

    YMCA work in partnership with prisons and probation services to support young offenders.

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  • York Community Gamelan

    York Community Gamelan runs a community gamelan ensemble.

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  • Young Ealing – Youth and Community Centres

    Young Ealing host a number of Youth and Community Centres which provide various community social and arts projects, and even have a recording studio.

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  • Young Urban Arts Foundation

    Young Urban Arts Foundation is a youth art organisation specialising in music and the creative arts which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

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  • Young Women’s Trust

    Young Women’s Trust run a free service called Work It Out that offers support for women aged 18 to 30 living in England and Wales. It will unlock your potential by building skills, strong mental health and opening up opportunities for your future.  They…

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