From Drab to Fab: Impact Arts showcase the Fab Pad project at the SIRCC Conference 2013

Sat 08th June 2013

Impact Arts are delighted to
announce that they will be running a two day up-cycle as part of the CELSIS
Resource Centre Exhibition taking place at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow
on 12th and 13th of June. The Impact Arts team, along
with a group of volunteers from their Renfrewshire Throughcare project, will
aim to transform the exhibition space from ‘Drab to Fab’ using the principles
of one of its longest running projects, Fab Pad.

The conference provides a venue
to discuss and debate important local, national and international perspectives
on some of the most creative and exciting aspects of contemporary residential
child care practice. Impact Arts were asked to showcase their partnership work
with Renfrewshire Council’s Throughcare Service. Through this partnership
Impact Arts provide their Fab Pad project to young care leavers who are about
to gain their first tenancy.

Fab Pad was set up in 1998 by
Impact Arts as an innovative youth housing project. It is a proven method of
reducing youth homelessness and youth unemployment. Working with young people
who have gained a new tenancy or are at risk of homelessness, interior
designers teach essential skills such as sewing, decorating, basic DIY and
interior design. This enables young people to transform their house into a
home, and helps them develop a sense of ownership and pride which reduces
anti-social behaviour and tenancy breakdown. Participants join a local workshop
where they work one-to-one with our fully qualified tutors and gain a support
network of peers. Alongside a host of technical skills, young tenants also
learn transferable skills which enable them to progress in other areas of their
lives. SROI documentation suggests that for every £1 invested in Fab Pad there
is a social return of £8.38.

The CELSIS exhibition will be a
great opportunity to find out more about the partnership and to witness how
effective the Fab Pad project can be first hand.

Lynne Carr, CEO Impact Arts said: “We are
delighted to be running the ‘Drab to Fab’ up-cycle at the SIRCC Conference.
Impact Arts partnership with Renfrewshire Throughcare Service has been a great
success. The live makeover will give people a chance to learn more about
the Fab Pad project and to see first hand how effective it is in engaging young
care leavers and enabling them to turn their house into a home.

For more information on the ‘Drab
to Fab’ Exhibition contact Kirsty Gallacher on 01294 273051
or [email protected].


The ‘Drab to Fab’ Exhibition:

The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

99 Gordon St,


G1 3SF ‎

Grand Foyer

Wednesday the 12th and
Thursday the 13th of June 9am – 4pm

Light lunch and refreshments

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