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CashBack to the Future: Summer 2019 (12-19 year olds)

Impact Arts’ Cashback for Communities-funded programme - entitled Cashback to the Future – this year will offer young people in Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Renfrewshire in in-depth creative workshops led by accomplished artists who offered masterclasses in visual arts music, performance and digital work.

Aimed at 12-19 year olds, these workshops offer free, safe and creative spaces for participants to be inventive and imaginative, with first-rate guidance on hand from skilled creative staff and volunteers.

We are currently taking sign-ups and referrals for the summer programme, which will run from July 2nd until July 26th 2019. Find out more here on the CashBack 2019 page.

Cashback to the Future is funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities initiative, which backs projects supporting disadvantaged young people. Additional funding and support comes from National Museums Scotland, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Glasgow Kelvin College.

Express Yourself, North Ayrshire (14-25 year olds with care experience)

Impact Arts are looking for care-experienced young people aged 14-25 to get involved in fun, fast-paced upcycling workshops!

Working with artist Ruth Switalski, you will explore upcycling, recycling and repurposing through workshops spanning drawing, collage, printmaking, painting and ceramics.

Discover how artists and arts organisations use upcyclung and repurposing to make new works, build communities and reimagine everyday ovjects. Looking ancient techniques like Japanese Kinstugi, the practice of fixing broken ceramics and gold-laced lacquer, we will explore repairing, fixing, modifying and reusing.

We're looking for care-experienced young people in North Ayrshire aged 14-25 to get involved in fun, fast-paced workshops in upcycling and furniture recycling.

Workshops are running now on a weekly basis, every Monday from 1pm - 5pm at Impact Arts' base in Irvine (60 Bank Street, KA12 0LP).

Interested in signing up or making a referral? Contact Kelly at Impact Arts on 01294 273 051 / 07976623552 or email

Express Yourself is a partnership project with North Ayrshire ThroughCare, with funding coming from Life Changes Trust and North Ayrshire Council.

Get Out, Get Active! Qi-gong sessions for over-60s

Qi-gong classes in Linwood will give you the chance to take part in a Chinese exercise technique featuring slow, graceful movements and breathing exercises. Come along and exercise body and mind while trying something new!

Here's what's running:

  • Qi-gong, Linwood: St. Conval's Church (Greenfarm Road, Linwood PA3 3HD); runs 13th May - 29th July 2019

Drop ins welcome, but if you would like to find out more, please call Alima on 0141 575 3001 or email

This work is funded by the Scottish Government's People and Communities fund, and Linstone Housing.

Let's Get Together! Free singing sessions for over-60s


Come along each week and join musician Michelle for fun, relaxed singing sessions! Enjoy some old favourites and rediscover forgotten classics, while having a cup of tea in good company. No need to book - Michelle will be sure to make you feel at home.

Here's what's running:

  • Johnstone: Every Thursday, 10am - 12pm, at 7 Farrier Court, Johnstone PA5 8AQ; runs 2nd May until 18th July 2019

Drop ins welcome, but f you would like to find out more, please call Heather on 0141 575 3001 or email

This work is funded by the Scottish Government's People and Communities fund and Linstone Housing.

CashBack Nights: Visual arts workshops, North Ayrshire

Free CashBack Nights workshops will offer 12-19 year olds the chance to work with artist Christine Novosel on fun arts and crafts workshops!

Workshops will involve printing patterns, working with card and textile, painting fabrics, mark-making and typography and painting ceramic tiles. You will learn about the socially and politically-engaged art, the cultural meaning of colour, and look at artwork from around the world.

Workshops are running:

  • Every Wednesday from 4pm until 6pm at Impact Arts, 60 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP. Runs 17th April - 26th June 2019.


Interested? You can sign up here. If you have any questions, give Kelly at Impact Arts a call on 01294 273 051 or email

These workshops are funded and supported by Cashback for Communities, National Museums Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust fund.

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