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Second Chance for Change


This model provides a 25-week in-depth therapeutic film-making project. Over the past 8 years within the Northern (and now Belfast) Trust, this has proven hugely successful in helping people with severe and enduring mental health problems, including those with involvement in the criminal justice system. In essence the project helps participants to tell their stories and share their experiences through the medium of short film.

The focus of the group is on exploring turning points in an individual’s life and, through storytelling and film, providing them with an opportunity to reflect on their experiences, consider the impact of their choices on themselves and others and to encourage a new perspective on their life, behaviour and decision-making.

The goal of the project is to enable participants to use storytelling to create a series of films based on their life story or relevant life experiences. They gain an understanding of themselves through learning how to write, act, direct and record their own films.

Accreditation: Participants who successfully complete the course are accredited with an ASDAN Expressive Arts Award. It is very significant that this qualification is not premised upon literacy. Trust staff can also receive an ASDAN mentoring award for their work on the course.


If you’d like to commission a project with esc films or would simply like to know more about our work, please get in touch with us. We’re always very happy to discuss new projects.