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Creative Pathways is a free arts-focused employability programme teaching young people practical creative arts skills while offering them support with job-searching, CV-building and interview skills.

In this 12 week Stage 3 programme, participants will get invaluable hands-on experience in their local community of environmental art, landscaping, designing greenspaces, growing and planting. They will also learn about biodiversity and gauge the local community's thoughts on green issues and how they affect quality of life.

Those taking part will get advice on CVs and job-hunting, and will have the chance to complete an SQA level 4 qualification in Employability. Additionally, eligible participants will receive a £55 training allowance plus travel expenses.

Programme details:

  • Based at Impact Arts, 60 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP
  • 26th November – 28th February 2019
  • Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
  • 16-17 years olds not in employment, education or training
  • SDS criteria applies to all referrals

Make a referral/find out more: contact Aileen Lynn on 01294 273051 / 07384465576 or email

Make it Your Own, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Renfrewshire (16-25 YEAR OLDS WITH CARE EXPERIENCE)

Make It Your Own is a creative tenancy sustainment project. Working with care-experienced young people, it teaches practical creative skills to those moving into new tenancies or those who have just moved into new tenancies.

Moving towards independent living is a key life transition for individuals of any age and background, but for care-experienced young people this transition can be particularly challenging and unsettling. Care experienced young people are more likely to struggle as they transition into adulthood, are at greater risk of homelessness, and have difficultly accessing the right housing options, sustaining a tenancy and ultimately making a home for themselves.

Make It Your Own aims to support the transition of care-experienced young people to independent living by engaging them at early and key stages of transition, helping them to plan and design what they want to do with their (new) homes and supporting them to gain practical maintenance and design skills that instil a sense of pride and ownership over their home. Participants learn skills like sewing, woodworking, upcycling, canvas art, painting, decorating and more. The programme also includes a shopping budget plus inspiration trips.

We have funding to engage 24 individuals from August 2019 to March 2019 in up to 4 months one-to-one and group-based support.

Programme details:

  • Year long delivery with rolling in-take
  • Average (recommended) length of engagement – 3-4 months
  • Initial engagement – referral partner handover
  • Each individual will receive a starter pack that includes brushes/rollers, paint trays, measuring tape and small toolkit e.g. screwdriver. Pack also includes Impact Arts and local Services information and How-To-guides
  • One group workshop each week (for current participants)
  • One to One appointments each week (for current participants)
  • Individual Drop-In sessions each month (for current/past participants)
  • Planning and Budgeting Exercises (e.g. shopping on a budget)
  • Shopping trip with budget for additional materials (workshops will have a stock of general materials available for use)
  • Creation – skills development, supported by a professional Artist/Interior Designer
  • Home visits –least one home visit per participant (supporting design process & addressing small decorating/home maintenance issues)
  • Wrap around support – in programme support (one session per group) from partners’ support workers

AYRSHIRE: Please contact Kelly Espindola on 01294 273051 / 07976623552 or email

EDINBURGH: Please contact Janis Hart on 07795233408 or email

GLASGOW: Please contact Josie Merry on 07470350238 or email

RENFREWSHIRE: Please contact Linda Burke on 07875068931 or email

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

Express Yourself offers weekly workshops (in 16 week themed blocks) with care-experienced young people aged 14-25 .

The programme is funded by Life Changes Trust: Creative and Active Lives.

Express Yourself offers free weekly creative and fun workshops for care-experienced young people aged 14-25. Sessions will develop personal and creative skills, interests and ambitions for the future. Young people will have the opportunity to try multi-art forms and display their work in a finale showcase in March 2020.

Workshops are running:

  • Impact Arts, 60 Bank Street, Irvine KA12 0LP
  • 6th January – 30th March 2020
  • Mondays, 12pm – 4pm

Drop-in Expressive Arts (Drama, Dance, Voice-work) will also be taking place:

  • Redburn Community Centre, Irvine
  • Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
  • 15th Jan- 25th Mar 2020


Make a referral: Please contact Jenny Coxon on 01294 273051 or email

Craft Cafe, Govan (60+)

The Craft Cafe Govan is held between 10am and 4pm, from Tuesday until Thursday each week, at the Elderpark Street Centre (82 Elderpark Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 3ST).

It is a relaxed and friendly environment where older people age 60+ can come along for a cup of tea and try their hand at a various artistic and creative techniques, whatever their experience or level of ability.

You can watch a short film about our Craft Cafe workshops in Govan and Edinburgh here. You can also read more about our work with older people on our older people's blog.

If you or someone you know are interested, the Craft Cafe Govan is looking for members. You must be based in Govan or the surrounding area. Please contact Lead Tutor Charlotte Craig on 0141 575 3001 or email

Craft Cafe Govan is supported by Elderpark Housing Association and the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund.

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The team at Impact Arts work hard to secure over £1.5m of funding per year to provide life changing creative experiences for more than 5000 people.

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