In the Mix Project Gets Underway

October 11, 2017 | News

Findhorn Bay Arts has secured funding from CashBack for Creativity to deliver a three year professionally led programme of arts and creativity for young people in Moray.

Administered by Creative Scotland, CashBack for Creativity is funded by the Scottish Government through the CashBack for Communities programme which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people across Scotland.

The current phase of the programme runs until March 2020 and Findhorn Bay Arts’ In the Mix project was successful in attracting funds to run a programme in Moray.  The project of creative activity is aimed at young people aged 10-25 years old living in Moray who are at risk from one or more of the following; experiencing isolation, out of work or school, offending, living in rural pockets of deprivation.

Led by professional, qualified creative practitioners, young people will be supported through a series of workshops, one-to-ones, creative visits and a Creative Holiday Programme.

As a result of engagement, participants will gain invaluable cultural, life and transferable skills; their confidence and communication skills will have significantly increased and their risk of offending will have reduced.  This combined will bring them closer to employment and/or training and/or volunteering.

Where appropriate, participants will be supported to achieve recognised accreditation/qualifications, and all those a part of In the Mix will be brought closer to the job market and/or routes to further education.

In the Mix Project Coordinator Steve Gasgarth said “Receiving funding from the CashBack for Creativity programme is great news for Moray’s young people.  The project presents an opportunity to work closely with our partners in delivering for young people who will greatly benefit from in depth and longer term engagement.  As a result, young people will gain invaluable cultural, life and transferable skills.  This combined will bring them closer to  employment, volunteering and/or training opportunities”