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Home is Movement

29 Sep 2016 by Isobel Ward

After attending Safe Ground’s MOVING. HOME. Symposium (Thursday 8th September 2016) I was left, as I imagine many others were, with my mind spinning full of thoughts and questions about the nature of this concept we call ‘home’. I was blown away by the breadth and depth of what was discussed, and by the thought […] … more »


26 Sep 2016 by Dan Branigan

Taking up temporary residency at the National Theatre (Dorfman Theatre), Southbank again this year, somewhat ironically it hosted our discussions around MOVING. HOME. The symposium was the last in a trilogy of events spread throughout 2016 that celebrate Safe Ground’s 21st birthday. We used this important milestone in our unfolding history to take a moment […] … more »

Walking Human

26 Sep 2016 by Dan Branigan

On 22nd September I was lucky enough to attend the most recent Koestler Trust exhibition, ‘We Are All Human’. This year I was part of a walking tour around the exhibition, looking at the artwork in more depth, gaining insight into each piece. The tour was hosted by Koestler’s very own Hosts, who enthusiastically gave us a […] … more »

What Makes a Good Facilitator

14 Jun 2016 by Keisha Bhamra

Find out about Programme Manager, Alison Sidaway’s, recent experience of facilitating Man Up training in Yorkshire and the key qualities of becoming a great facilitator!  What makes a good facilitator? It is a question we ask at our Safe Ground trainings. There is an urban myth amongst delegates that unlike teachers, facilitators turn up, facilitate and go home. I […] … more »

The Thinking Home Experience by Gus

14 Apr 2016 by Dan Branigan

As a result of our successful participation in the Essex Book Festival last year, as part of Freedom and Expression at the Free Word Centre, we were invited to participate again in March 2016, this time as part of its Thinking Home strand of events at the Firstsite art gallery in Colchester. One of our […] … more »

‘Home’ in Wandsworth

28 Sep 2015 by Dan Branigan

Following on from the Koestler Gold Award our poetry anthology ‘Home’ has now been reviewed in the prestigious PN Review by our colleague at the University of Essex, Dr. Chris McCully. Entitled ‘Home in Wandsworth’, it is a substantial 1,500 words in PNR 225, September – October 2015, Volume 46:1, that explores the theme of […] … more »

Freedom and Expression

28 Sep 2015 by Dan Branigan

In July, Safe Ground were invited to participate in ‘Freedom and Expression’ at the Freeword Centre. This event was organised by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and Essex Book Festival. To read an overview of the day please click here. The afternoon saw Fundraising and Communications Director, Obinna Nwosu, present an overview of […] … more »

GROUNDation II & Waterstones Book Launch Promo Video

05 Aug 2015 by Dan Branigan

On Wednesday 4th March, at HMP Wandsworth GROUNDation II: Poetry, Power, People took place; the performance finale to our GROUNDation Poetry Project (GPP). Workshop participants from the prison and the local community outside gathered together for the first time in a creative exchange in front of family, friends, supporters, prison staff and members of the […] … more »

Thoughts about Freedom

28 Jul 2015 by Dan Branigan

Just one week after “Thinking Home”, on Friday 17th July 2015, (see our blog Expressing Home), Safe Ground participated in “Freedom and Expression” at the Free Word Centre in London, organised by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and Essex Book Festival. The purpose of the event was to bring together diverse organisations working […] … more »

Expressing Home

28 Jul 2015 by Dan Branigan

Poetry, it seems, is a gift that keeps on giving. In this case our GROUNDation Poetry Project and the book ‘Home’ it produced, have led to an association with the University of Essex, which in turn has led to recent opportunities to promote the work of Safe Ground. From 10-11th July 2015 Safe Ground participated […] … more »

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