Vox Liminis is playing a significant role in the rehabilitation of the criminal justice system in Scotland, by creating spaces where people involved in the criminal justice system – including prisoners, their families, criminal justice staff and local communities - communicate and connect in new ways through the arts, and can imagine a more positive together.
They work with individuals and their families to build skills more likely to ease the transition back into mainstream society on their release from imprisonment.
Founded by Alison Urie and Fergus McNeill in 2013, Glasgow-based Vox has won the trust of the Scottish Prison Service and other criminal justice services as a strategic partner. In the last year, over 160 people in the criminal justice system accessed Vox workshops with over 1200 members of the public (including families of those with convictions) engaging in Vox events.
Their core services include:
- Distant Voices - songwriting with prisoners, former prisoners, criminal justice practitioners (prison officers and social workers) and academics, run in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at Glasgow University.
- In Tune - bringing imprisoned fathers and their children to make music as a family.
- Kin - developed with charity Families Outside to expose the affect of familial imprisonment on young people.
Vox Liminis intends to develop Vox Insight, a trading arm which will take the current song writing models out to business through corporate team building or leadership days and enable them to build on their core services and extend them to the criminal justice system across Scotland, strengthening their social impact.
Vox Liminis is ambitious and growing with plans to increase its five-strong staff team and move to new premises.
Alison Ure said:
The financial investment through LaunchMe will allow us to scale up at the necessary rate while the business support, and developing professional connections will ensure that a robust and sustainable organisation will emerge.