Creating Change uses drama to encourage women on probation to explore relationships, thoughts and feelings in an engaging and interactive way.
The programme supports desistance theory in multiple ways: by developing strong support bonds and networks; by recognising strengths rather than offences and by building self-esteem and self-confidence. This programme has been developed with Bearface Theatre Company and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company.
“I didn’t even want to get out of bed today, I didn’t feel confident to drive, but I came anyway and I now feel so positive, I’m glad I made the effort to be here” and “I started the session feeling self-conscious but now [at the end] I am comfortable and everyone has had their input”.
In 2017 the original 3-session programme was delivered in 6 Women's Centres around the county, funded by HIOW CRC, benefitting 62 women on probation. In 2018 the extended 6-session programme is being delivered in 4 Women’s Centres, funded by Hampshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, aiming to work with 50 women on probation.