Jul 11, 2019

Summer Report: Stories that Transform

Students at Langley Academy
Students at Langley Academy

We are very excited to share with you that over the last few months we have been exploring how we can share the latest version of the exhibition more widely! We created the new exhibition after undertaking an evaluation of the existing versions. Through this evaluation we learned a lot about how people, and particularly young people, engaged with the stories and we created an exhibition out of this learning which incorporated a more visual and interactive approach.

Langley Academy in Slough, which has a focus on museum learning, hosted the exhibition in their gallery space through the second half of the Spring term. This provided the opportunity for the students to explore the exhibition during their break times, and also as a stimulus and resource in lessons.

Our Education Co-ordinator Anna, and Exhibition Co-ordinator, Sarah visited the school to learn more about how the exhibition can support young people to explore topics such as forgiveness, justice and empathy. Jacob Dunne, one of our storytellers who is featured in the exhibition, also came along to share his story with the students of Langley Academy.

This day provided great insight into how the exhibition can be used to complement the student’s learning in curriculum areas such as English Literature, Sociology, Religion and Philosophy. And it was wonderful to see the impact hearing Jacob’s story had on the students. We hope to continue learning more about how The F Word can be used as a powerful resource to encourage discussion and critical thinking with young people!

“It shows that from the darkest of places, people can learn to change.” 13 year old student who saw the exhibition at Langley Academy

Would you like to bring The F Word to your community? Or just want some more information? Please get in touch with Sarah at exhibition@theforgivenessproject.com.

Jun 1, 2019

Summer Report: Women are worthy

Since our last report we have started working in a unit which specifically supports women with mental illnesses. At the end of April we delivered our first programme following a request made to unit staff from a woman who had previously participated in RESTORE as she had found it so helpful in her journey.

“Before RESTORE I had not attended any programmes as I didn't feel confident and couldn't take things in. Since RESTORE I came off methadone, was transferred from Res 6 (general prison population) to Res 10 (Unit for women with personality disorders) and have been constantly working on myself, attending therapy, music therapy and speaking now where before I didn't speak.

RESTORE switched the light on in my head, coming made me realise I had to face my fears, deal with my problems, and before I let my fears control me and now I control them - I deal with everything, personally, physically, mentally and emotionally. In the past I blamed myself, I felt guilt and now I feel love. I'd never thought of it logically, I wrote it all down… I understand now, I never understood, and I feel strong enough to go out in the world.”

RESTORE Programme Manager, Sandra Barefoot, who facilitated the programme, found it powerful to experience RESTORE with the women.

“To be alongside these women, whose trauma is so complicated and huge, and witness their desire to find ways to understand and share their experiences is a testament to the strength we have as human beings. We are the owners of our stories and yet often we do not realise this - especially women in prison. Through RESTORE each woman found the multiple threads of their lives, weaving these through colours and shapes, and speaking their experiences in their own words, taking back control of their narratives.”

Thank you so much for supporting this project! Could we ask you one more thing? Please share this report with a friend, colleague or family member and help bring awareness to this project so that we can continue supporting some of the most marginalised women in our society. Thank you.

Lifeline image exploring hope, courage and family.
Lifeline image exploring hope, courage and family.
Apr 17, 2019

Spring Report: Sharing The F Word with young people

The F Word at Newbold College
The F Word at Newbold College

So far in 2019, The F Word has been seen by around 400 people in five different locations!

Four of those places have been schools and we are excited to further explore the ways the exhibition can support young people to reflect on forgiveness. In February the exhibition visited Christ the King Sixth Form College in London as part of a special conference they organised on mercy, forgiveness and love. Whilst The F Word was on display, the students also heard talks from speakers including Jo Berry, further deepening their exploration and understanding of forgiveness.

“It showed me that people can become something great even though they were at their lowest.” Student

“The stories gave me time to think before acting.” Student

“The exhibition was excellent and has much potential to be used to encourage challenging and difficult discussions on forgiveness… The stories were honest and hopeful and offered a certainty that healing is possible with what might seem impossible! I highly recommend the exhibition to other schools.”  Teacher

The exhibition has also been displayed in Newbold Church and College and will be visiting the community of Lower Earley Baptist Church from today until 20 April. If you are in the area, please do pay them a visit!

Would you like to bring The F Word to your community? Or just want some more information? Please get in touch with Sarah at exhibition@theforgivenessproject.com.

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