Petersfield Arts Society ran an ambitious trial arts programme at Winchester Prison in October 2017. We raised £8,500 to fund this art therapy project, under the enthusiastic leadership of Judy Grill. 

Young offenders were invited to join the course, and they were allocated two prison warders and prison mentor to support them through the sessions. The objective of the course was to increase young offenders' self-awareness, self esteem and to help them build relationships with others - with the ultimate aim of helping these young people become fully functioning members of society. A series of 12 sessions were delivered to 8 young offenders by two art therapists, and at the end each participant received an Arts Society Bronze Award. The project was such a resounding success that the prison governor hopes to run four more such courses in 2019.