As of this academic year, the Prisons Project had to rearrange terms with HMP Grampian over the way in which prison visits were conducted.
This led to a brief co-operation with the Community Learning and Development initiative from Aberdeenshire Council. This required the first initial weeks of Casus to organise. However, after much discussion, we were then informed that the initiative had fallen through and the Project would now have full control of prison visits on a monthly basis.
We attended our first class on the 18th October and have two more scheduled for the month of November. We aim to keep our sessions focused on solely the budgeting and employability classes as this is what the inmates seem to really respond to. We are however exploring other options for a potential third class to add.
As of now, the project are focusing on polishing up the booklets we present in the classes as well as debating whether to introduce a powerpoint presentation or involve it in someway with the inmates. In addition, we are also contacting several organisations in attempting to partner up with them in respect of their work in hiring ex-offenders.
Due to the uncertainty at the beginning of the year, and also in regard to the number of future visits we will have, unfortunately we will not be able to take on any more additional students to the Project this year. However, this is of course subject to change.
Head and Depute