These resources are for people with lived experience of the justice system, their whānau and friends, and anyone interested in the arts in the justice and corrections space. There's a handbook for how to cope inside, tips on how to keep close to home, as well as stories and voices from all over the world. 


The Home Ground Handbook

Over 2020, the Home Ground Collective designed a small handbook written by women in the justice system, for women in the justice system.

Women from the community and Arohata prison contributed to the resource, bringing their wisdom and skills to the table. The creators decided they wanted to make a resource that reflects their knowledge of how to be resilient within the justice system. Everyone has different ways of coping, and all agreed that the experts (other women) have valuable skills to share! 

The recommendations in the book are tried and true, and the different images were collected over the different Home Ground projects. 

Home Ground plans to create a resource annually, by women in the justice system, for women in the justice system. 

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A Women's Own

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Part of each Home Ground project is making the beautiful content women create inside prison, visible on the outside.


It's important that friends and whānau are able to share in the creative process and feel proud of what their mothers, sisters, aunties and partners achieve.


We are excited to share this collection of poetry taken from the script that was performed during our Matariki Concert. All content was created by the wāhine on our Project Rua 2021 journey.


Staying connected

It can be really hard to stay in touch with family during a prison sentence, and hard to know how to find out how! Here's information on how to stay connected. 

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Worth a listen and a look!

Arts Alliance Evidence Library

The Evidence Library is an online library housing key research and evaluation documents on the impact of arts-based projects, programmes and interventions within the United Kingdom criminal justice system.

Clean Break

A women’s theatre company changing lives and changing minds – on stage, in prison and in the community.


Ear Hustle

The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.

Listening to country

Exploring the value of acoustic ecology with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison.


Home Ground Spotify

We build playlists for each project through an exercise called “The Soundtrack to our Life” we also collect a range of podcasts and interesting interviews. You can listen HERE