We are now running online workshops with participants on unpaid work in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. Each online group accommodates up to 10 participants and goes toward their total hours.

These workshops were developed by Street Cones in response to the estimated backlog of 1,000,000 hours across Scotland as a result of the pandemic. Local authorities suspended unpaid work programmes following the implementation of lockdown in Scotland in March.

Using our ROAD TO CHANGE model they include a range of creative techniques, writing, role play and discussion. The participants are encouraged to explore their own ‘Road to Change’. These workshops are similar to the in person workshops we have had so much success with over the years. A selection of lived experience special guests also participate and take part in long form interviews.

When asked about Glasgow’s decision to book the online workshops Stephen McVey Service Manager Glasgow HSCP said ‘The online workshops are providing a rolling programme of online group-work aimed at improving the wellbeing of participants through the creative arts. This programme is being used to provide an additional resource with which we are addressing the significant backlog of unpaid work hours outstanding for clients within Glasgow’.

The workshops are a follow up from a CPO themed short film produced by Street Cones ‘Something to Lose’ commissioned by Community Justice Glasgow.

Tom Jackson Head of Community Justice Glasgow said ‘Street Cones is a unique social enterprise and we really value their diverse delivery team, which brings together creative arts professionals with individuals who have been through the justice system; lived experience and artists working collaboratively with our clients.’

The film can be viewed HERE