HMP Glenochil ‘Ochie the Fox’ – Art project for Dads

The HMP Glenochil Ochie the Fox Project was devised for those in our care who expressed a desire to find creative ways of communicating with their young children whilst they are in prison. It is modelled around the delivery of the SQA Personal Development Award and the course content offers learners an opportunity to make a range of educational and communicational toys which are either used by the parent and child at family visit times, or given out as gifts.

Art Tutor Marie-Ann said “There is increasing evidence that healthy family relationships play a critical role in the successful rehabilitation of imprisoned parents. More importantly, positive parental relationships are essential for the emotional wellbeing of the children who have a parent in prison”.

The project offers those in our care an opportunity to obtain a qualification in addition to being able to make something special for their child. A token of their love. Toy making and puppetry introduces parents to unique types of ‘play’ and has helped Dads communicate with their children in a more purposeful way. Leading to a renewed sense of pride and self-esteem and being ‘part of a family’.

“I take great pride in doing them as I am making them for my daughter. She absolutely loves them as well as my partner; it makes me feel so good when I see their faces. It’s amazing I can make my daughter something to treasure for life. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to feel a part of my family’s life.” Student Feedback.

 Fox for dads