Helix Arts is working with NEPACS to deliver Hidden Voices.
As part of the NEPACS Re:Connect Heading Home project, we are working together to deliver a music project for children whose fathers are in prison. We aim to rebuild understanding and relationships between the dads and their children and both groups will be working with singer songwriter Beccy Owen and musician Will Lang.
Music workshops for the children and, separately, for the fathers, will reflect on behaviours and explore issues related to offending and produce songs that will be incorporated into a toolkit to be used by fathers nearing release. The toolkit will be piloted in HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange.
Read the blog piece about Hidden Voices by Alison Frater, Chair of National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance here.
Music can be emotional and making music helps people explore why they feel a certain way. Beccy and Will will be sensitive to the needs of the children, allowing them to reveal as much or as little as they wish. They will work in groups to share stories and produce a reflection of a collection of experiences.