Armed Forces Veterans Take to the Stage

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May 11, 2021
May 26, 2022
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A group of armed forces veterans serving community sentences in West Dunbartonshire have devised a PTSD-themed stage play which they recently performed online for a small, invited audience.

The time they spent in these workshops counted towards the community sentence hours they had been issued by the court.

A showcase film of their performance will be streamed online followed by a live Q&A with participants and invited guests (including Erskine Veterans Charity and Sacro’s Veterans Mentoring Service). Tickets to the stream are free and it will take place on Tue 18th May at 2pm.

The three main objective of the stream are:

  1. To raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by veterans who are either in or at risk of entering our criminal justice system.
  2. With our prison population at record levels, we aim to highlight community sentences as a viable alternative to some prison sentences.
  3. To introduce the concept of using fiction and storytelling techniques to reduce re-offending rates.

The workshops and stream were commissioned by West Dunbartonshire Justice Department and are being delivered by arts charity StreetCones; a collective of screen and theatre professionals who use the arts to help vulnerable and marginalised groups achieve more positive outcomes.

Register here to join us for a unique insight into the challenges faced by many leaving the armed forces and how we can achieve better outcomes for these people by taking a different approach.

Registration Link for stream > https://veteranscriminaljustice.eventbrite.com

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