We are an established social enterprise that is just setting up in Birmingham. We create art by women involved in the justice system whether as victims or women who have committed crimes and we make cards, fine art prints and original artwork that is sold at flea markets and art and craft fairs. The artist gets back half of the selling price. This helps women build skills, networks and a pro social identity, with a little financial support to help build confidence.

We need admin volunteers, volunteers with experience of selling and retail and volunteers who can drive short distances around Birmingham.

The View is a grass-roots social enterprise and campaigning platform that gives voice to women in the justice system, provides an outlet for creativity and builds financial independence. Created by women in the prison system, care leavers, survivors of domestic abuse and leading contemporary female artists who support the movement, the artwork shows the value of creativity for wellbeing and rehabilitation, as well as how it can be a vehicle for communication and connection. . Also featured is artwork by a woman with lived experience of mother and baby homes, she was born into a home run by nuns and adopted at birth. She is now a compelling artist and campaigner and uses her art to overcome the trauma caused by the appalling treatment meted out to her by the state and the agencies meant to protect her.

We publish a quarterly magazine and pay women in contact with the justice system for their contributions. This includes care leavers, women asylum seekers or refugees, and women in prison or in licence in the community.

Why does our cause matter?

Women with convictions are likely to have been the victims of domestic abuse and violence as well as "criminals"
Over 60% of women in conflict with the law have been victims of domestic abuse by their partners
53% of women in prison report having gone through childhood abuse and trauma
35% of women in prison are care leavers
Women commit crimes because they are economically disadvantaged, because they are being exploited or because tragically, they have been made vulnerable by the agencies and relationships in which they should have felt safe
60% of women have no home to go to when they are released from prison which makes it impossible to claim benefits or get gainful employment. What are their choices? Reoffend and the merry go round of the justice system

If you're interested in volunteering get in touch with Holly by email: [email protected]