A Year of Changes and Challenges.


Introduction from the Chair of our Board.


The Trustees of the Board rely on the exceptional dedication of the staff to make TiPP the successful company that it is. Simon Ruding continues to steer the project through what are proving hugely uncertain times for small arts projects. He is supported by skilled and experienced arts practitioners Rachel Graham and Rachel Scott and the organisation’s work is underpinned by Julia Child who runs the administration of TiPP.

There have been several project highlights this year, including the mother and baby project in HMP Styal, the fascinating Candid Conversations About Radicalisation project that explored the impact of the Prevent agenda on school relationships and, once again, a wonderful Summer Arts College with young people from Tameside.  


Commitment to the development of talent and training remains as high as ever, using arts as a development tool with groups as diverse as young people at risk, people in prison, undergraduate drama and music students, social workers, prison officers and criminologists.

The past year has been a highly successful one for TiPP and I would like to thank Arts Council England and our other funders for their continuing support. 

To keep up to date with what we are doing  follow us on Twitter @tippmcr or keep an eye on our new website.

As ever, our main challenge is raising sufficient funds to ensure we can maintain our work. If you would like to support our work, please follow the link at the bottom to our MyDonate page

Alison Jeffers

6th November 2017



chidlren & young people attendances


adult attendances



attendances at training sessions


people attended our events


Responding to change. Testing the new.


Whilst our total attendances remain in the same territory a more detailed analysis of the figures by age speaks to a definite trend.  Since 2012 we have seen the number of children and young people attending projects decrease, reflecting the significant drop in the number of children and young people in the criminal justice system that has occurred nationally in the last decade.   We have been aware of this trend for some time and in 2013 we began to refocus energies on developing new programmes for adults and the success of this approach is reflected in how we have maintained attendance figures through this period.  

Looking forwards, we are developing a new programme of participatory music projects particularly targeted at children and young people in mainstream pupil referral units which will should further slow the decline in youth attendances and provide a new cohort of children with the opportunity to access arts based learning. We have also added in an additional set of figures for this this year, acknowledging the new stream of work that we have been developing in HMP Styal with imprisoned mothers and their babies. 


Project attendances


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