Oct 22, 2020

Prison Chronicles - bringing the work of RESTORE to the outside world

For over ten years we have taken our storytellers into prison with RESTORE, our award winning prison programme that supports prisoners to explore their conflicted and fragmented lives and imagine the possibility of a different future.

Due to the ongoing pandemic we continue to be unable to deliver RESTORE in HMP Eastwood Park, so we have created a new series of online events called the Prison Chronicles to bring the work of RESTORE to the outside world. 

Hosted by Sandra Barefoot, Programme Manager of RESTORE, these conversations explore our shared humanity and ask us to imagine – if we had lived each other’s lives, could we have done things any differently?

In conversation with our storytellers, former prisoners and prison officers this series reveals an unexpected world where the line between victim and perpetrator becomes blurred and where telling your story can save you from it.

We were honoured that Marian Partington was our guest in the opening event. Marian was not only one of the first stories collected for The F Word – the exhibition that gave birth to The Forgiveness Project – she was one of the first storytellers to go into prison with RESTORE.

Marian’s sister, Lucy was a victim of serial killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Her memoir If You Sit Very Still tells her own story of brutality, traumatic loss and the restoration of the human spirit.

Marian says of this work: ‘I love that The Forgiveness Project investigates complexity, salvaging space for narratives of healing and dialogues of meaning and recovery, inspiring us to remember the way from head to heart.’

To join our next event, please visit our website

Aug 19, 2020

A time for reflection

While we are slowly – hopefully – finding new ways to live and be in this pandemic, the touring of The F Word exhibition isn’t yet possible.

We are indebted to those who have supported this work in the past and we very much hope that we can resuming touring in 2021.

In the meantime we are exploring how we can work with our storytellers and share our learning online. We will be launching a series of events and talks in the Autumn and look forward to updating you on this when our plans are complete.

You can read all of our stories here on our new website which we will be developing over the coming months.

Thank you again for your continued support!

From all of us here at The Forgiveness Project

Jun 23, 2020

A time for reflection

We are living through incredibly challenging times and it can be easy to feel isolated from others. Connection is at the centre of The Forgiveness Project’s work – connection to ourselves and to each other.
Unfortunately, we are unable to undertake much of our work including delivery of RESTORE in HMP Eastwood Park. Even as the lockdown gives way to social distancing, it will be difficult to undertake our programmes, events and exhibitions.
We are taking this time to reflect on the challenges ahead, and how The Forgiveness Project can best respond. There is uncertainty on what the world will look like when we emerge from our isolation, but finding new ways to explore our storytellers’ journeys of reconciliation and resilience will be key in rebuilding our world.  
We want to take this opportunity to say a warm thank you for your support for our work. You can read all of our stories here on our new website which we will be developing over the coming months.
We would like to share with you a quote from someone who visited our touring exhibition, The F Word in Christ Church in Ware, UK earlier this year. Although written about the powerful stories in The F Word, it is a poignant message for the challenges we are now facing.
“It makes me realise how amazing people are – how they have turned their pain into positive. It also makes me reflect on how we should cherish the life we have and the people we have in it!”

Take care and stay safe,

From all of us at The Forgiveness Project 
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