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Prison Partnership Project

On the Out

On the Out is a York St John University Prison Partnership Project community initiative, in association with the Institute for Social Justice.

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On the Out engages with communities of at risk women and girls in the city of York.

The project enables creative work with at risk women and girls in the community with experiences of homelessness and/or the criminal justice system.

In the sessions women and girls explore theatre, creative arts, writing, movement and performance alongside York St John University School of the Arts staff and students.

Participants explore different themes and create individual and group performance responses with a desire to develop social and communications skills, confidence and self-esteem. Women are encouraged to explore the artistic roles of performer, writer, director, facilitator and artist.

On the Out project aims to find new ways for female communities to access the university resource and community with a hope for meaningful conversation and effective creative collaboration.

Undergraduate and postgraduate School of the Arts students access these vibrant community projects through module placements, research, teaching and learning.

Hear more about our work on this project on the Conversations in Social Justice podcast:

For more information or to discuss how On the Out can connect with your women's service contact:

Who we collaborate with

  • Changing Lives (Robinson Court) – Women's homeless hostel
  • Howe Hill - Young people's homeless hostel
  • Danesgate Community Pupil Referral Unit
  • York High School

Project team

Jessica Robson

Jessica Robson 

On the Out Assistant Researcher/ Theatre Practitioner

Jules Dorey Richmond 2022

Jules Dorey Richmond

Senior Lecturer: Drama and Theatre

Rachel Conlon

Rachel Conlon

Director of the Prison Partnership Project, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre

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