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


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 provided

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