As part of our policy and campaign work, we always have to make the case for why people with convictions should be treated fairly. An effective way of doing this is by using real stories and voices that are rarely heard.
That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to help us with some work we’re doing to create ‘digital stories’. Digital storytelling is a short form of media production that allows people to share aspects of their life story. It can involve the use of video, sound, animation and photos.
We’ve set aside some time in October to create some digital stories, covering some of the key issues that people with convictions face. It will be led by someone who has themselves spent the last 16 years coming to terms with their own story.
And that’s where we need your help.
We’re looking for people who are interested in being involved in telling their story of living with a criminal record. We’re looking for perspectives that either show the ongoing problems that you’ve faced, or problems that you’ve managed to overcome. A key focus for us is on the issues around employment, disclosure, the way that employers treat people with convictions and the need for change by employers and Government.
Don’t worry – you don’t have to be named (you can stay anonymous if you like), and your face doesn’t need to be included either, although it can help to humanise the story if you’re willing to be filmed.
We will record you speaking your story, working on it together, and make a short film of photos that go with your ‘script’. You will have ultimate control over what you say and what you are happy with. We ask you bring objects and keepsakes from your past: a letter, a photo, a DBS check – things that have a history.
The first date we’re looking at is the morning (and possibly evening) of the 14th October, and you’ll need to be able to get near to Kings Cross, London.
Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday 10th September, with the following details (none of these will be used – it just helps us to coordinate who’s interested in being involved):
- Your name
- Email and contact telephone number
- Where you live
- Whether you can make the 14th October
- The details of your criminal record
- An outline of the ‘story’ you’d like to share – this can be general or specific, but should relate to an issue you’ve faced (and possibly overcome) due to your criminal record.
Unfortunately, we might be limited to people in/around London as we don’t have a budget to cover travel expenses, but if you’re based outside of London and happy to cover your own travel costs, we’d love for you to be involved.
Thanks for your support!