We are an award-winning arts education charity specialising in drama and film working with people experiencing extreme marginalisation within our society.
What We Do
We work with a range of marginalised people; specialising in criminal justice and mental health, working with ex-prisoners, community and forensic mental health patients, youth at risk and people who have suffered trauma. We use drama and film to challenge perceptions, tackle social exclusion and change lives.
Our work works. An independent external evaluation found that for every £1 invested in our work with prisoners and ex-prisoners, we produced a Social Return on Investment (SROI) of £10.49. For more information click here.
We are hands on. We’ve set up a training and support centre called Helping Hands for ex-prisoners, youth at risk and marginalised people to help them get back on track with life and break the cycle of re-offending. We work on literacy and literature, computer skills and film-making and are always open to new suggestions. Visit the website here.
ESC’s core work focuses on involving marginalised people in the arts. We have worked with prisoners, ex-prisoners, youth at risk, community and forensic mental health patients, survivors of trauma, prison officers’ widows, medically retired prison officers, young homeless people and young people suffering from cancer.
In every project we undertake, the focus is on the creative process and on creating a high quality end product, while emphasizing the therapeutic and rehabilitative effects of the work that we do.
You can watch highlights of our work below or right here.
ESC Productions is ESC’s new social enterprise which provides film-making services from inception of an idea through to completion. You can read all about it here.
NI Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
AND we are spearheading NI’s FIRST mental health arts & film festival. We launch this October and you can get involved here.