Teacher and pupil shaking hands on Inspiring Futures project

Severn Arts work in partnership with Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (Probation), to provide an arts programme for those on a Court Order who may be at risk of re-offending. the programme includes arts activities such as ceramics, film-making, spoken word, creative writing.

Creative writing has given me a self-confidence boost.  This year has been crime free whereas before I was being arrested almost on a weekly basis.  Being creative is curative therapy, and it should go on.

Creative writing participant

With funding from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner we have reduced the number of those re-offending by increasing self esteem, raising aspirations, creating creative outlets for self expression and connecting people to education, training and employment opportunities. 

I have been proud to fund ‘Inspiring Futures Through the Arts’. It is a fantastic programme that gives those at risk of offending an interesting and creative focus, steering them away from crime. It’s been great to hear the positive stories from those that have benefited, and I look forward to continuing supporting the programme and seeing what else can be achieved.

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner