WAYout in Prisons
WAYout now has a music studio and editing/photoshop training facility inside the male correctional centre funded by the Joe Strummer Foundation. We run sessions twice a week and prison staff report reduced stress and trouble from those taking part. It gives them the chance to learn something, gain confidence through creating and hope for the future on release as we encourage them to continue in WAYout when they get out.
Tracks from the male and female prisons will feature on the album ‘Sounds of Salone’ soon to be released.
We also run weekly sessions in the female prison, teaching photoshop and editing, drawing and writing. We also run music and dance sessions. Some of the women’s poems and drawings appear in our lates book ‘Broken Pens’ and spoken word stories here
On International Women’s Day we partnered with Advocaid to screen spoken word pieces by the women, display drawings and watch ex prisoners perform short dramas of their experiences.