196 young people from across Moray have benefited from creative learning activities through the work of a local arts organisation.
Forres based Findhorn Bay Arts’ three-year funded CashBack for Creativity project In The Mix has been delivering creative activities and learning opportunities for young people in Moray who are most at risk through isolation, offending, deprivation or care experience.
In the Mix is a three-year funded CashBack for Creativity project which has been delivering creative activities for young people who are experiencing isolation, are out of work or school, at risk of offending, or who live in rural pockets of deprivation.
Administered by Creative Scotland, the CashBack for Creativity fund redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people across Scotland.
Since the project began at the end of 2017, participants aged between 10-25 years, have had the opportunity to learn in groups and one-to-one sessions. 241 creative sessions have been held across Moray so far using visual arts, filming and photography, graffiti art, digital music making, drumming, dancing, circus skills and more delivered by local creative practitioners.
Working with partner organisations including The Moray Council, Aberlour Youth Point, Quarriers, Who Cares? Scotland and Ray’s Opportunities the programme has recently reported successful engagement and outcome rates.
Participation in the creative learning activities is helping to increase confidence, enabling young people to learn new skills and, where required, supporting some to stay at or return to school, or enter further education. Through the project, 16 young people are undertaking Arts Awards. Awarded by Trinity College London, the awards are a national qualification that build creative and leadership skills.
Over 25 young artists have also had the opportunity for their art to be publicly displayed as part of Culture Day Forres and through the Journeys in the North exhibition in Inverness and Elgin, with plans for it to visit Edinburgh and Glasgow later in the year.
Project Coordinator, Steve Gasgarth said: “Delivering creative learning activities through the In The Mix project is such a vital aspect of inclusion and development for many young people living here in Moray. Through working closely with partners and supporting the participants, the project is without a doubt having a huge positive impact on the young people as they are achieving new goals and looking towards future opportunities they may not otherwise have had.”
Anne Grant, Assistant Service Manager at Aberlour Youth Point said: ” The activities that the In The Mix project offer and provide are affording young people to explore their creative minds and develop a hobby or interest in something that they felt wasn’t available to them. This in turn helps nurture their wellbeing as they are engaging in something they enjoy, brings more positive thoughts, makes them smile, offers a time where they can forget their worries and immerse themselves in fun activities with their peers.”
To find out more please contact Project Coordinator Steve Gasgarth on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01309 673137.