We work with a number of different organisations across a number of sectors. We have a very close relationship with Southampton Youth Offending Service which has led us to do work with Hampshire Youth Offending Team. We have been the lead educators on a number of projects for Hampshire Cultural Trust that includes work with Hampshire CAMHS and Southern Health. We have worked with Pompey in the Community and Southampton Saints Foundation to develop their NCS programmes. Most recently we have secured funding from Arts Council England to hold events and develop cooperation across different artists and business sectors.
In November 2019 we had a chapter published in the book ‘Crime & Consequence – what should happen to people who commit criminal offences?’ the third in a series of books curated by the Monument Fellowship and edited by Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA).
Through this we have been able to build links with the NCJAA, they are adding us in holding and promoting our events over through 2020 and beyond.
In Focus is committed to delivering the best Arts Awards from Trinity College London at every level we successfully became a Trinity Champion Centre for 2019/20 and were invited back as one in 2020/21.
Our Work with Youth Offending Services Across Hampshire.
For the past eight years members of In Focus have provided Southampton Youth Offending Services (SYOS) with a weekly arts programme that has seen upwards of 40 young offenders and at risk young people achieve at least one Arts Award, we helped them get their first Artsmark Award and most recently we have gone on to help them achieve the first Gold Artsmark Award for a youth justice setting. Young people known to SYOS and other at risk young people have completed a number of arts based activities and ultimately achieve at least a Bronze Arts Award, a recognised qualification from Trinity College London.
We have also worked with Hampshire Youth Offending Service (HYOS) – having been sub-contracted by Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) – to deliver Spring and Summer arts colleges (for the last 10 years) for them working with YPs that have been referred by HYOS.
We have also worked with HCT and Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to deliver programmes with the young people they work with (many of whom are also known to YOS).
In Focus provide on-going and enhanced delivery of their weekly programme with the SYOS that suite the individual needs of the setting. We have extended our reach to the neighbouring Youth Offending Services (Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Hampshire) to create a pan-YOS provision and support any direction in which they are currently looking to move forward – supporting them on their Artsmark Award journey as part of the process. We have increased the number of contact hours with young people and look to engage more of them through arts and culture. We also support the YOS staff through CPD to give them more confidence to deliver work in this way through Arts Award Advisor training and ongoing CPD during sessions. This enables the programme’s staff to gain more valuable experience and develop, thus ensuring legacy for the work. We have already worked with Restorative Justice (RJ) staff which they have taken on to use with their young people and we want to see this become more widely spread as staff skills develop alongside the young people.
We have a unique and strong connection with not just Southampton Youth Offending Service, but all of the Youth Offending Teams across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. All of which have indicated that a project of this nature would be high beneficial to their offering.