The Libertie Project
The Libertie Project is a social enterprise that runs arts and craft activities for offenders, those at risk of offending, their families and victims of crime, as a therapeutic medium to improve general health and wellbeing, develop pre-employability skills and reduce re-offending throughout the Highlands.
They work independently with vulnerable groups in the community and in partnership with local Criminal and Community Justice Providers and other Third Sector Organisations.
Sometimes The Libertie Project formalises activities into a course to deliver in depth training in a particular artistic activity – the Ceramic Transition to Employment programme is one example of this.
All their creative activities are designed to meet individual needs and provide a safe environment to engage in a positive activity which helps to boost self-esteem and connect with others.
On successful completion of a course with The Libertie Project, participants receive:
• a foundation certificate in the relevant art/craft making medium
• a pre-employability certificate of achievement
• a certificate of achievement for dealing with relevant offending behaviour issues.
The Libertie Project acts as a springboard towards employment by encouraging and preparing course participants to progress to trainee volunteer positions within a cluster group of Highland social enterprises and third sector or charitable organisations.
Using the Rikter Scale and the Edinburgh Mental Health and Wellbeing scale, The Libertie Project uses self-evaluation to evidence progress made by course participants. Their feedback is used to continually develop the activities that are offered.
The first 6-month pilot project was run in HMP Porterfield Community Integration Unit and involved female prisoners using taster sessions in a variety of artistic activities such as printing, card making, ceramics and woodcraft. (see the evaluation in the news section).
A second programme is being run in the community for adult offenders with alcohol related offences in partnership with Social Services Substance Misuse programme and the Criminal Justice System.
A third programme will be run looking at issues specifically relevant to women offenders using ceramics and jewellery making as a therapeutic medium in conjunction with the Criminal and Community Justice Systems.
A fourth programme "The Libertie Outreach Project" will take the programmes to more rural areas in the Highlands to allow more offenders to access the project.
To introduce an element of sustainability, the project has set up a revenue stream through the sale of quality ceramic and woodcraft pieces. To this end, a social enterprise has been created.
For further info’, contact:
The Libertie Project Limited
58 Denny Street
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