Clean Break and Emily Hunka from Queen Mary University of London
Anna Herrmann, Clean Braek
PhD Student/Early Career Researcher
Emily Hunka, Queen Mary of University London
Caoimhe McAvinchey, Queen Mary of University London
Clean Break is a women’s theatre company dedicated to providing theatre-based education and train to female offenders and those at risk of offending. Over 80% of the women that Clean Break works with have mental health and/or drug and alcohol needs. For her residency PhD student Emily Hunka researched the methods employed by Clean Break in order to evaluate their outcomes and work to illustrate the value of Clean Break to commissioners, health funders and clinicians.
Hunka’s work brought a new assessment tool for Clean Break, the Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Tool, which will be employed to understand the quality of their future activities. Additionally Hunka produced a qualitative report which drew upon twelve case studies she produced with women who have benefitted from Clean Break’s activities. Hunka will be including her work with Clean Break in a paper presented at the Theatre and Performance Association National Conference in September.
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