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Target Group: Young people on probation

Geographical Reach: Devon

Project Duration: 2014 – 2015

Project Funder: Tribal

Project Manager: Patsy Lang patsy@superact.org.uk

Project Aim

Creation Space was a programme of commissioned by Tribal new futures which consisted of three Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness, SEPE, courses with added mentoring. Superact treated the delivery with added mentoring as a pilot for delivery they want to develop in future. Superact developed the mentoring aspect for this programme which was a new aspect for us. The aim was to deliver to groups of individuals in Exeter, Torbay, and Plymouth, referred from Devon & Cornwall Probation Trust, (now DDC CRC).

Superact worked closely with Probation to provide referrals to our SEPE courses. Superact ran an engagement meeting for Probation staff in order that they understand how creative activity has the power to engage.  This proved very successful in that various people commented, after our drumming workshop, on how they really understood it now though they had been sceptical beforehand.

As part of the programme Superact delivered courses throughout 2014 in Exeter (February 2014), Torbay (May 2014, and Exeter (2014). Superact has learned a great deal about the assessments needed for those on probation. We now have experience with the process of assessing and recording activities and changes in individual’s behaviours for probation. This will be extremely useful to us as we move forward in developing our work with this cohort.


Superact ran four Taster sessions in different art forms to motivate people to sign up for the course. The tasters demonstrated how we work in a fully participatory way. It let participants see the type of people who would be delivering the courses. We ended up with about ½ dozen people signing up for the courses after the Tasters were complete.

All courses showed a marked improvement in all participants’ attitudes to completing something and to working together. They all developed respect and trust for the facilitators, mentors, and each other. The follow-on Mentoring was a definite help in taking the participant motivation in a positive direction with hard outcomes of jobs or training/education achieved by most. Our first Exeter course managed to achieve 100% hard outcomes of employment or education for those who completed the full programme.

Feedback from Probation to Superact has been positive. It was felt that the Superact programme of delivery was making headway with many individuals where other interventions had failed. This will stand Superact in good stead when developing further programme of delivery.