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Barrhead young people hold community arts day at Dunterlie Community Centre

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme at Barrhead's Dunterlie Community Centre held a massively successful community fun day last Wednesday.

This was an opportunity to showcase the creative environmental activism they've been involved in since January. The group led workshops on how to make bird feeders from plastic bottles, and gathered feedback from the community on designs to transform the shutter areas at the Centre.

There was also a live DJ, face-painting, arts and crafts stalls and a mini alpaca farm for meeting, greeting and feeding!

The final few weeks of the Creative Pathways programme were filled with much activity. This included preparing for the showcase, taking part in an intergenerational workshop at Impact Arts' Craft Cafe in Govan and a cultural trip to Glasgow.



The Craft Cafe workshop was a hit and the group had a great time developing their drawing skills through a range of fun drawing exercises led by Impact Arts' artist Hannah. The group got to know the Craft Cafe regulars and had a good look at all the mark-making and drawing they have been doing.

The group have also been working with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) during their time in Dunterlie. On their final session, they picked up a huge amount of litter from the local area. Local people have been vocal on how much better the area is looking, and how great it is to see young people out doing their bit for the environment.

On their final day, the team celebrated the success of the project through taking a cultural trip to Glasgow, visiting the Hunterian Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. They got to see Dippy the Dinosaur and twelve sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci.



The group will now continue to receive support from Impact Arts' Opportunities team to find spaces in employment, education and training.

The programme was funded by Barrhead Housing Association, Our Bright Future, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund.

Aged 16-17? Not in work? Join Creative Pathways Glasgow!

Aged 16-17? Live in Glasgow? Not currently in employment education or training?

We're currently looking for young people in Glasgow to join our Creative Pathways programme - an employability focused arts programme which will teach you about design, environmental art and green activism.

Those taking part will earn a £55 weekly training allowance while working from Tuesday - Friday with our artists as part of fun, fast-paced creative workshops.

You will also be support with CV-building, interview skills and job-hunting, and will have the chance to complete an SQA Stage 3 award in Employability.

The programme kicks off on the week commencing the 8th April and will run until Friday 28th June 2019 at The Factory, 319 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 2UF.

We have ten spaces - interested and want to find out more? Contact Project Co-ordinator Aileen on 0141 575 3001 or email

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Our Bright Future and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Opportunity for arts graduate in Glasgow: become our Youth Ambassador

We're offering young arts graduates an incredible opportunity to create environmentally themed art and get your start in the world of community arts!

As part of Impact Arts' Our Bright Future-funded work, the successful applicant will work for 20 weeks with community groups and schools in Dennistoun in Glasgow's East End.

Working two days a week, you will deliver a series of community consultation workshops which will inspire a final piece of public art.

You must be aged between 19 and 24 and be a graduate in the arts or other creative fields with a strong interest in the environment, environmental design and community arts.

Impact Arts is one of 31 organisations across the UK funded by Our Bright Future - a Big Lottery initiative aimed at getting young people driving progressive change in their communities.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018. For full information on applying, please visit the jobs section of our website.

Watch: Young people shaping positive future by Glasgow canalside

In November last year, a group of young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme created a series of amazing sculpture prototypes for the north Glasgow Clay Pits.

Here is a short video all about the fantastic work created by the young people, the highly-skilled and creative tutor team that led them and the real impact it had upon the young people's environmental awareness and their employment prospects.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from Inspiring Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund's Our Bright Future initiative, Scottish Canals, SCVO, SDS Glasgow, Scottish Children's Lottery and the Gannochy Trust.

You can find more information about our work with young people here on our website.

Creative Pathways North Ayrshire divert furniture from landfill with upcycled auction!

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme in North Ayrshire last night auctioned off beautifully-crafted pieces of furniture they upcycled as part of the ten week course.

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors went under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been sanding, painting and redesigning furniture donated by Cunninghame in order to stop it going to landfill.

Almost £200 was raised on the evening, and this will go back into creative programmes run by Impact Arts. The remaining items can be bid for online up until Thursday 14th December 2017.

Partially funded by Skills Development Scotland's Employability Fund, the course has taught practical skills while offering one-to-one support with job hunting and CV writing.

As well as developing massively as artists and designers through working with our artists Portia and Emmett, a number gained employment and college places off the back of the programme and Impact Arts will continue to offer support as others go for interviews.

Jamie and Declan are two participants who worked together to upcycle a TV cabinet which was sold on the night. They speak positively about how Creative Pathways has helped them.

Jamie, 17, said: "It’s been really good fun. I've learned new skills, met new people, and the tutors have been great - very kind, friendly and fun to work with.

"I knew I wanted to joinery and carpentry beforehand, and being on this course has helped a lot with getting to practice that side of things.

"If you ever get the opportunity to go to Impact Arts, I'd say definitely take it. It's not just about getting you out there - it also boosts your confidence, it's really helpful and it's a good laugh as well."

Declan, 17, said: "I’d never really worked with my hands before joining the course. Coming here and working on the TV cabinet made me realise that this is what I want to do.

"I enjoyed drawing, sketching things out and then making things. I didn't even know this would be something I could do before I came here, but ten weeks later I know it's what I want to do in the future.

"It was great to see things were actually selling as well! Loads of folk came and the majority of stuff has sold. It's a good feeling seeing it go to charity as well."

The programme is funded also by Our Bright Future, which backs projects encouraging young people to lead environmental change in their communities.

The partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association has also put environmental issues into focus, as the young people's work helped stop this furniture going unused or to landfill.

Nicola Wood co-ordinated the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and selling their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future.

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