Project information

Re-connect Resources

Geese would like support to develop a greater on-line presence to compliment our work with offenders. The idea would allow us to create a content management system and resources which could be used by prison staff and prisoners as continuation and development work following a creative project.

August 2011 - December 2013

Charity information

Geese Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Geese aims to reduce the problem of offending, by using theatre as a tool for personal development and change. Home Office figures state 67.4% of all prisoners are reconvicted within 2 years, for young men aged 18-21 the figure is 78.4%. This accounts for half of all crime. Geese works across the UK delivering a range of projects, but our time with offenders is often time-limited. We may work with prisoners for 5 days, achieving a high level of work, and then leave to work elsewhere.


    As an example 'Re-connect' is Geese’s practical, 3 day creative project aimed at offenders prior to release exploring the issues around re-connecting with life outside prison. Research by Birmingham University demonstrates that the project has a ‘positive impact’ on participants. We believe this could be improved by enabling prison staff to have access to pre and post resources and prisoners to be able to further develop skills and practise strategies they have experienced on the project

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop Geese's on-line presence to enable us to reach more people


    » Research and develop partnership with web agency
    » Planning meetings and discussions to set plan of work
    » Arrange and collect ‘clips’ of performances and projects whilst working with offenders in prisons
    » Arrange and collect new images of performances and projects whilst working with offenders in prisons

    Success will be...developing the website, involving prisoners and staff from partnership prisons and increases the number of visits

    Aim 2

    Develop content management potential to enable access to resources, research library and Handbook


    » Planning meetings to set plan of work
    » Draft and compile one project resource e.g. Re-connect
    » Trial with a partnership prison e.g HMP Featherstone – deliver Re-connect project in conjunction with resources, taking feedback from trial users
    » Trial research library resources with partnership University e.g. Birmingham, taking feedback from users

    Success will have a system which has potential to add resources and research and run trials with 12 prisoners at a local prison and 20 students at Birmingham University

    Aim 3

    Compile range of resource materials


    » Take feedback from trials into development of resources
    » Planning meetings to edit which projects are included
    » Write range of resources for selected projects
    » Compile all research papers, articles, chapters of books written by others and the Geese Theatre Handbook

    Success will have resources for our 5 most popular projects and a research library by the end of year 1.

    Aim 4

    Roll out and launch new website and resources


    » Launch event to invited guests - supporters, potential donors, key professionals within Prison/Probation Service and potential users
    » Deliver Re-connect projects in selected prisons to advertise and compliment launch

    Success will be...launch event attended by 50 invited guests and delivery of 2 Re-connect projects in prisons with 24 prisoners, who then use the resources as follow-up

    Aim 5

    Evaluate and monitor the use of the sites and resources


    » Monitor use by prison staff and prisoners during first 6 months
    » Monitor use by other users e.g. students or other individuals interested in working in the sector during first 6 months
    » Make any adjustments necessary

    Success will be...monitoring use of the website in first year demonstrates that visits have increased by 20%, from an average of 1,200 a month at present to 1,350

  • Impact


    The long term impact will be to provide a new medium for offenders to continue to rehearse strategies for a non-offending life in the community. The project will enable staff to develop our work even after we have left. It will allow Geese to reach far more people and maintain it’s position as a leader in the sector.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring use of the site and aim for a 30% increase in visits over 3 years and to see at least 15 prisons using the service.


    The risks could be that prisons close due to new Government changes to prison policy. Our reputation and proven track record in this field means that we have built relationships with several prisons across the country and this will enable us to deal with any closures. There may also be cuts to our prison and probation partners but, once set up, we will aim to make the project as adaptable and responsive as possible to the needs of the groups we work with


    We will email ‘up-date’ reports to donors every 3 months. They will be invited to the launch event and will receive an evaluation report at the end of the project. Donors will also be kept up to date through our Annual Report, yearly review events and the website itself.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Website Costs of creating and developing new website
      £3,000 Content Mgmt Costs of developing system for resources etc
      £3,000 Resources Geese costs to write and compile resources
      £3,000 Re-connect Costs for Re-connect projects in prisons
      £2,000 Evaluation Costs of evaluation, launch event, marketing

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Geese from Arts Council funding £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project will not take place in one location, but several. Much of the work would take place at Geese’s base in Moseley, Birmingham. We plan to work with prisoners at HMP Featherstone, Wolverhampton – a Category C Training Establishment with operational capacity for 687 men and potentially HMP High Down, Surrey, a category B local prison with capacity for 1100 men. We would also work with students from Birmingham University on Forensic Psychology and Theatre courses.


    There will be a range of beneficiaries. Firstly, the offenders we work with will have a new resource and contact with Geese’s work after we have left. Staff will also benefit by having access to pre and post resources. Students, artists and other interested parties will benefit through access to the research library/ Handbook etc. Geese as an organisation will also benefit by bringing the company’s use of technology in line with the high standard of theatre work we deliver across the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Geese strives to be a national authority on the use of theatre and drama within the Criminal Justice System. The company has won many awards for high quality, innovative projects, including a BAFTA for an interactive CD-ROM version of our production ‘Lifting the Weight’. As a lead organisation championing the use of arts with offenders we are best placed to offer resources and information, as many people turn to us for guidance. Geese needs to develop this area to match our high quality projects

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Watson

    Andy has been Artistic Director for 8 years. He has the vision, knowledge and expertise to lead and ensure this project is a success

    Melanie Whitehead

    Melanie Whitehead is a Trustee and is the Education Manager for RSC in Stratford. She has the drive and inspiration to keep the project on track

    Louise Heywood

    Louise is our longest serving company member with 19 years service and dedication and a wealth of knowledge and experience of the work