We collaborated with the brilliant people at Clean Break to create Write 2 Connect, a letter writing project to connect women in prison with women in the community. This project was devised in response to Covid-19, and our desire to connect with people who may be especially isolated at this time.
At the time of this project there were 3,424 women in prison in the UK (24 April 2020), many of whom were locked in their cells for 23 hours a day and whose visits, which can be a vital lifeline, had been suspended.
We invited women from all corners of the UK and from all walks of life to write a message to a woman in prison. Have you ever found comfort in words, a story or a song? What inspires you? Is it a quote from a book, nature, a woman you know? Sharing something that is personal to you and offering hope to another person is a gift which everyone can afford, and which can remind us in difficult moments like the pandemic, that we are connected, we are part of a wider community and we are valued.