At the beginning of the pandemic, we produced a Beginners’ Guitar Learning Pack, in response to a call-out by our partner prisons, for projects that could provide residents with a positive outlet and purposeful focus.

With the help of HMPPS, this resource has been adopted in seven different prisons so far. Partner prisons have also invested in acoustic guitars and maintenance kits to support the project.

Our packs have been very well received and several prisons have come back to us to buy more guitars, due to the demand.

Feedback from beneficiaries and prison staff shows that this initiative is helping residents to process the stress of long hours behind cell doors.

The Head of Learning and Skills at HMP Eastwood Park has told us about a prisoner who is use the resource as an incentive to help her stop self-harming.

HMP Bristol has issued evaluation surveys with prisoners who are using our in-cell packs. 46 surveys have been completed. 74% of respondents stated that resources have motivated them to carry on their learning.

We’ve now produced a whole suite of new distanced-learning resources for prisoners.

These have been designed to support mental health, creativity and learning, flexible to ongoing restrictions in the prison estate.

Our Musicians have played a central role in creating these new resources, which include:

  • Vocal Pack, with supporting CD, including exercises in breathing and therapeutic singing practice
  • Rhythm Pack, with supporting CD
  • Western Music Theory Pack
  • Rap Pack, with supporting CD (supporting prisoners to write and rehearse their own lyrics, tailored to the urban music genres)
  • A Keyboard Pack (please note that this is still in development - if you would like us to let you know once it's really for circulation, please get in touch) 

We are now rolling out these new resources to all our partner prisons.

We are keen to make these available to more beneficiaries at prisons across the UK.

Please get in touch with us at [email protected], or on 0844 414 6083 if you would like to find out more.