Findhorn Bay Arts’ Cashback for Creativity and We Make Moray funded project In the Mix is a bespoke, professionally-led 3 year project of creative activity for 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.
Working with partner organisations including The Moray Council, Aberlour Youth Point, Quarriers, Who Cares? Scotland and Ray’s Opportunities, 271 young people have so far been supported through a series of workshops, one-to-ones, creative visits and creative holiday programmes led by professional, qualified creative practitioners.
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 currently 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 too.
Anne Grant, Assistant Service Manager at Aberlour Youth Point: ” 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 email@example.com or call 01309 673137.