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The work we do with the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service, the Youth Justice Board and a variety of partner organisations enables us to report on how we are raising the aspirations of offenders to increase employability and reduce re-offending.

Exhibition at Chester Cathedral features artwork from Novus learners

Artwork created by learners from HMP Thorn Cross and HMP Styal features in an exhibition at Chester Cathedral.

Titled, Journey Into Light, the exhibition is made up of more than 50 individual pieces of art produced by prisoners. The pieces range from paintings and drawings to prints and 3D exhibits.

The project has been coordinated and funded by the Diocese of Chester and Chester Cathedral, with the support of its prison chaplains who have worked with the art departments at HMP Thorn Cross and HMP Styal, and the prisoners to produce the pieces of art.

Debbie Dalby, Director of Social Responsibility at the Diocese of Chester, says: “We want people to view the exhibition and leave with a greater sense of empathy and awareness of prisoner experience. There is life beyond prison and we want to celebrate renewal and restoration and the hope of a brighter, more optimistic future.

“By seeing the creativity of prisoners and hearing their stories, people will be able to better understand some of the choices, mistakes and circumstances that they have faced in their lives.”

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Novus has built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of offenders and ex-offenders.

From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.

Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of re-offending.

Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.

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