Shutter Release – Overcoming Addiction

A project to raise awareness of the barriers and anxieties faced by women who are rebuilding their lives following prison or addiction.

PROJECT SUMMARY:
A project to raise awareness of the barriers and anxieties faced by women who are rebuilding their lives following prison or addiction.

Year:
2013

Project Location:
UK, London

Project Manager:
Matt Daw

Lead Facilitator: 
Ania Dabrowska

Co-Facilitator: 
Clare Struthers

Workshop Support: 
Anna Stafford

Partner Organisation: 
Diversity In Care

Funders:
Deloitte Empowering Women, Young Philanthropy Syndicate, The Photographic Angle

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Project description:
Shutter Release focused on helping people who are rebuilding their lives following prison or addiction. The project sought to identify and communicate things that would make it easier for them to reach personal goals for the future, enabling them to plan and prepare.

Through exhibitions and other materials, the views and experiences of participants fed into the public debate about how people can be better supported to reach their goals and achieve successful rehabilitation following prison or addiction.

Project Aims:
The aims of the project were:

  • To raise awareness of the barriers and anxieties faced by the participants, in order to campaign for better support structures and to allow women in the justice system to feed into the design and implementation of those structures.
  • To aid successful rehabilitation and self confidence of the participants by increasing their level of mental and practical preparedness through photography.
  • To create a model of good practice and an evidence base to support the wider use of photography as a tool to tackle issues around release and rehabilitation.

Delivery:
A course of 10 photography workshops was run in Ealing with women at various stages of rebuilding their lives following alcohol or drug addiction. The women were supported to create photo stories that explored their next steps and challenges they would face on the path to rehabilitation, helping them to voice and prepare for the milestones ahead.

Project Outputs:
A private view of the participants work was hosted as part of the London Art Fair 2014. It was an inspirational evening for all who attended, including the women, their family and friends, representatives from DiversityInCare and the funders of the project, the Deloitte’s Young Philanthropy Syndicate.

Watch this space to be kept informed of public exhibitions featuring this powerful work.

Partner Info:
DiversityInCare is a charity working with disadvantaged communities throughout England and Wales. They provide vital support to adults, children and families battling a wide range of issues associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Funder Info:
Young Philanthropy Syndicate enables a group of young professionals to join together and invest their money, skills and energy in a niche charity project. They earn the majority of income from partnered employers rather than relying on grants, thereby maximising the giving, impact and experience of philanthropy.

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