Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Who We Are & What We Do

Safe Ground challenges people and communities to do relationships differently.

Through drama, dialogue, and debate, we enhance empathy and encourage expression, developing self-awareness and promoting social justice.

Safe Ground is a small team with national reach and influence.

We are absolutely committed to:

  • Reducing the stigma faced by the families of people in prison
  • Improving access to and diversity of educational activities in prisons
  • Creating alternatives to traditional punishment and exclusion, proven to be so ineffective

We work in partnership and collaboration with a broad range of organisations and are constantly evolving.

The early days

Initially, Safe Ground’s work was rooted in theatre. Our first venture was a production of ‘The Tempest’ at HMYOI Huntercombe, followed by ‘The Doors’, an original play inspired by ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, and developed by prisoners at HMYOI Feltham.

Antonia and Polly continued to create innovative arts based community programmes, including ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ and ‘The Flock’. It was while working with adult men in HMP Wandsworth that we got our name, after men in the workshops described them as ‘a safe place to be’.


“Give a Book has worked with Safe Ground since 2014 on their Fathers Inside and Father Figures programmes.


Safe Ground programmes tap into imagination, group spirit, and personal strength; participants learn to listen, trust and– perhaps for the first time– take pride. Using the power of drama family relationships are strengthened, participants experience empathy while learning to communicate honestly and ethically. Powerful presentations to family, staff and outside agencies show lives turned around, connections made, family relationships improved and even jobs found.”


Victoria Grey

Executive Director

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Our interactive Annual Review for 2017-18 is now available to download.

Please click on the image below to view the document in PDF  format.


Click below for links to earlier Annual Reviews:

2018-19    2016-17    2015-16    2014-2015    2013-2014    2012-2013


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