Meet the finalists: Arts & Creativity, sponsored by Creative Scotland

Giving young people the opportunities to participate in a range of art allows their self-esteem, health and social wellbeing to be greatly enhanced. This years three finalists of our Arts & Creativity category are inspirations to the youth work sector. Their incredible commitment to supporting young people through creative approaches has allowed them to overcome barriers, reconnect with young people's needs and support them to find their confidence and have a voice. 

PACE Young Carers Project 

Supported by Creative Scotland’s Youth Arts Access Fund, PACE’s Young Carers Project was launched in spring 2021 to address the social isolation and lack of support faced by young carers on a daily basis. Never was this more so than during 18 months of ever-changing lockdown restrictions. 

Enter stage left the Young Carers Project, providing a series of creative workshops, co-designed to cover specialisms such as filmmaking, musical theatre, song writing and even stage combat! 

By working closely with Renfrewshire Carers, the project’s sensitive and responsive approach allowed specialist services to be signposted where required, all the while promoting wellbeing and positive relationships, with meaningful pathways into the creative industries opened up. 

The Young Carers Project created strong peer bonds within the group and the community, building confidence and skills – culminating in filmed documentary where participants could share the impact of their carer journey!  

Find out more: www.pacetheatre.com

  

Naomi Clarke (Sound Lab) 

Fun, inspiring and creative in her youth work approach, Naomi was the perfect match when Sound Lab decided to hire its first full time member of staff to help meet the demands of young creatives in the east end of Glasgow.  

Founded on the mantra that young people of all backgrounds should have the support and resources to unearth their talent, Sound Lab provides tailored music and creative programmes for communities who face barriers to education. 

Since taking up her role, Naomi’s tenacity and enthusiasm has seen her support over 200 young people through the development of Sound Lab’s Amplify programme – including care experienced young people, young people with disabilities and even recruiting interpreters to help ‘new Scots’ engage with music while they learn the language.  

Sound Lab, and the east end of Glasgow, is blessed to have you, Naomi! 

Find out more: www.thesoundlab.org.uk

  

Angus Expressive Arts Project 

The Angus Youth Work Recovery partnership was formed during the pandemic and built upon the existing positive working relationships to respond to the emerging needs of young people in the area. 

Detached youth work informed the basis of the project, highlighting worsening or new mental health difficulties for young people and allowing for the formation of a tailored, responsive suite of music, arts, drama digital art, dance and virtual reality programmes to enable young people to understand and express how the pandemic was impacting their anxieties. 

Across all programmes, over 250 young people have engaged with Angus Expressive Arts Project, with young people reporting improved confidence, self-esteem, ability to express their emotions and a reduction in feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Another truly amazing example of youth work’s resilience, innovation and ability to respond to young people’s needs! 

Find out more: angusarts.org

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