Our Bright Future
Impact Arts are proud to be one of 31 beneficiaries of funding from Our Bright Future, a £33million programme from the Big Lottery Fund. It aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today: a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people, and vulnerability to climate change.
Impact Arts have been delivering Our Bright Future-funded projects since April 2016. The delivery has been split into three strands:
- Creative Pathways: Environmental Design, our flagship employability project working with groups of 15 young people between 16-19 years. It runs full-time for between 10 and 16 weeks with the aim of getting young people into employment or further education with a specific focus on environmental issues.
- Creative Connections, where we work over 8 weeks with groups of 15-20 14-16 year olds who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from school, with the aim of keeping them in education.
- A Youth Ambassador programme, where a recent graduate artist works with community groups, primary schools and high schools to promote environmental themes and create a collaborative piece of public art around environmental issues in the local area.
14 projects have been delivered in the past two years, each with an environmental focus including one or more of the following:
- Environmental Art
- Green space make over
- Diversion from landfill
- Making raised beds
- Policy advocacy
- To date we have facilitated 14 environmental programmes, working with 208 young people aged 14-19 years. We have worked across North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
- 208 young people have learned new skills in; design/sculpture /planning /environmental awareness and employability and feel more aware of environmental issues.
- 110 young people have gained an accreditation in the Employability and Steps to Work SQA units and the Bronze Arts Award.
- 7 green sites have been transformed into accessible, biodiverse and educational community spaces, with another 8 to be completed by 2020.
- 1057kg of timber has been diverted from landfill to date - the equivalent of 1.54tCO2e saved.
- 163 children and 233 adults have been involved in creative consultation activities using a host of creative workshops to collect data, including: questionnaires, art workshops, mind mapping, filming and even a smoothie bike!
- We have held 13 community celebration events with 648 people attending.
- 189 young people have progressed on to positive destinations including employment, training, education.
For more information about Impact Arts' work funded through Our Bright Future, please contact Our Bright Future Co-ordinator Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project partners: Our Bright Future, Big Lottery Fund, Barrhead Housing Association, People and Communities Fund, Inspiring Scotland, Scottish Canals, Skills Development Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Award, Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company, Thenue Housing Association and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.
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