Makeright is a design education initiative led by the ‘Design Against Crime Research Centre’ at Central Saint Martins. The aim of this program is to break the cycle off re-offending by giving inmates design thinking processes and skills to help them find employment or become a entrepreneur once they are released from prison.
Over an eight week period the Makeright course guides inmates through the process of designing an anti-theft bag, drawing upon participatory and theatre design activities. This approach allows inmates to develop their ‘creative learning’ and creates a more ‘humanising personal experience’ because “some prisoners develop an unrevealing and impenetrable prison mask and simultaneously risk alienation from themselves and others” (Travis and Paul, 2003). All profits from the UK ‘Makeright’ project will back go back into the prison and Sue Ryder charity who already provide employment opportunities to ex-offenders.
During my time at HMP Doncaster I recognised an opportunity to extend the Makeright course by offering a 'through the gate' service, 'Makeright Mentorships.' The scheme would provide some offenders with the opportunity to work alongside a specialised mentor who would help guide and advice them as they continue their art and design journey upon release from prison.
Research document, user flows, service blueprint, poster and leaflet.