Trigger for Change
A radio documentary created by artist Sinead McCann with The Bridge Project*
Trigger for Change is a story about the challenges people with a criminal record face in securing employment on release from prison. The documentary focuses on the life story of these people and finds hope in their recovery and how they have built new lives through education, community engagement and employment.
Informed by creative workshops and interviews with men at The Bridge Project, as well as by interviews and conversations with key people working within the Irish Prison and Probation service and community, and employment sectors in Ireland.
I worked on this radio documentary because I hope others will listen to it, other people like me who might be struggling. Maybe my story will inspire them to take a second chance.
Jason Campbell, The Bridge Project
Trigger for Change was broadcasted on Newstalk FM 106-108 (a national radio station in Ireland) as part of the First Forthnight Arts and Mental Health festival. The documentary has been aired on Newstalk radio station a number of times since, and was nominated nationally for the Headline Mental Health broadcasting media award 2022.
Produced by artist Sinead McCann and radio maker Alan Meaney.
Trigger for Change is supported by funding from the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, a national organisation for collaborative arts in Ireland. The research and development was supported by funding from the Dublin City Council Culture Company.
Running time 46 minutes
*The Bridge Project provides a range of support services to men on release from prison.