At Trusted Care, we are firm believers in the difference that can be made to someone’s life by providing support, services and hope.
That’s why we are so proud to work with the team at Green Fox Studio, a unique Brisbane-based creative agency and social enterprise which provides opportunity, skills and hope to prison inmates through training and work opportunities.
Amanda Shepherd and Kelly Willmott co-founded the creative agency together with the not-for-profit Green Fox Training Studio (based at Borallon Training and Correctional Centre) and were recently featured by ABC News.
We recently spoke to Amanda more about Green Fox Studio and the incredible work it is doing.
How did Green Fox Studio start?
Following a lengthy corporate career in design, advertising, and teaching, I returned to work after having my three children and also started studying psychology.
It was during this study that I started learning about art therapy and the role that creativity can play in helping to rebuild neural pathways, which I found really fascinating.
In learning more about the work being done to get social enterprises into prison systems, I started thinking about how art therapy and creativity could be applied within the juvenile justice system, given the incarceration of more and more young people is such a significant societal issue.
Partnering with Kelly to combine our knowledge and experience, we launched Green Fox Studio in 2018. Soon after, we established the Green Fox Training Studio, delivering training and employment to incarcerated individuals looking for a new start.
Personally, I feel extremely privileged to be able to mentor and provide support to inmates across areas like graphic design, desktop publishing and 3D animation.
What have you achieved so far?
Since our launch, Green Fox Studio has grown from strength to strength, working extensively with public and private organisations across sectors like property and construction, finance and professional services.
Through the Green Fox Training Studio, we have trained and employed more than 160 prisoners, with more than 1,800 hours of training donated and a reoffending rate of just two per cent.
We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in terms of providing purpose and building confidence for our trainees and have been rewarded by an incredible level of dedication and talent on their behalf.
How have you worked with Trusted Care and Cystic Fibrosis Queensland?
Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ) has been one of our longest supporters, and we have been working together since 2018. When CFQ launched Trusted Care as an NDIS provider driven to empower people through support, we were of course thrilled to be involved.
Relationships are such an important part of small business, and we are proud to have such a longstanding relationship with this supportive and innovative organisation and its team.
CFQ has a wonderful inhouse creative team which we have been able to support through branding and design work, including major documents like annual reports, a range of campaign-based work and the development of the Trusted Care logo and brand.
As an organisation focused on improving outcomes for those who are socially disadvantaged and providing opportunities for professional, personal and social growth, we highly value the work Trusted Care is doing to elevate NDIS care services and transform the lives of Australians living with a permanent or significant disability.