ONE SPIRIT engages young people/adults in the criminal justice system with a view to helping them develop/enhance the necessary personal, interpersonal, functional and employability skills to enable them to improve their life options, raise their aspirations, desist from offending and criminality and lead more productive lives.
ONE SPIRIT uses a framework of music, creative arts/media and business/entrepreneurial activities through which to deliver a curriculum in which the learner, their interests, skills and hopes are placed front and centre. It enhances personal well-being and teaches/develops a range of skills from accredited key skills such as literacy (creative writing, CV writing) and numeracy (finance) to self-exploratory skills: confidence, communication, teamwork and social interaction, self-analysis, problem solving, presentation, life-planning and entrepreneurial skills in preparation for the workplace.
ONE SPIRIT runs week-long intensive courses inside the prisons, during which time educators/mentors build up relationships with the young people in custody. They follow up with one to one mentoring sessions, work with participants through the resettlement process and continue to offer mentoring support for at least a year, when they transition through the gate and are released back into the community. These mentoring sessions cover a whole range of music making and recording studio skills, short film shooting and production, drama coaching, photography, life skills coaching and support with future planning, pathways to college and university, job applications and general pastoral support.
ONE SPIRIT has been working in HMYOI Feltham since 2010, and has grown significantly in size, profile and regularity of projects. It has recently expanded into HMYOI Cookham Wood and projects are expected to start in HMP Highdown in 2016. One Spirit works closely in partnership with prison education and statutory services, as well as with local external organisations such as Young People Matter and Action Acton.
One Spirit is grateful to the following Funders for supporting its work: