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.



This year's young arts project, run by Titian Fleming, will start in September at the Kings Arms in Petersfield. This is the after-school meeting place for Petersfield's young carers, ages ranging from 8 - 18. Here they can relax and forget their caring duties. We have decided to fund an art therapist to work with these young people twice a month for the academic year. We are looking for funding and will be approaching the Arts Society's Patricia Fay Fund this summer to apply for a grant of £1000. However, we will need another £1500. If any member is able to make a donation please contact Titian on