Imagine If Theatre Company
Established in 2014, Leeds-based Imagine If engages prisoners through theatre. Its employability course, Bird on the Wing, uses drama to improve body language, communication and self-esteem, combined with a tangible employability focus that develops skills such as writing CVs and cover letters, and a network of local employers to offer potential apprenticeships to ex-offenders following release. Bird on the Wing has so far run in three Yorkshire prisons, offered to 41 offenders with outstanding results. Funding from The Fore will enable Imagine If to develop new partnerships with additional prisons, increasing the organisation’s financial sustainability while expanding provision of Bird on the Wing to reach many more offenders.
Funding programme:COVID-19 Response: RAFT
Funding round:2020 Summer
Location: Yorkshire and Humberside
Sector: Arts and culture, Economic development and employability