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MIYO participants making their house a home

Make It Your Own is a project run by Impact Arts helping Care Experienced Young People to make soft furnishings and consider the interior design of their own homes.

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.

Through the project we aim to encourage creativity and DIY projects and help the young people realise their vision for their homes.

One young person who is part of the project in Renfrewshire is Candice. In her first session Candice began making a canvas to hang in her living room. One of her favourite Musicians is Prince. She looked up a photo collage online, and used the projector to project an image of Prince onto a round canvas. She then drew round this and painted it black.

Candice said; “Making the canvas has inspired me. It’s given me something to focus on. Coming here gets me out the house, and I feel myself again.”

“Sitting doing the drawing really calms me. My support worker has said that since coming to the project she recognises the old, happy me, rather than the me who was unwell.”

Candice has also upcycled her bedside cabinets from plain white to a brilliant white with a spray painted paisley pattern and silver handles. She hand cut a stencil using a craft knife and cutting mat then laid the stencil over it and sprayed through it with spray paint.

MIYO Creative Assistant, Hannah said; “Candice has grown in confidence since coming here as she realises what is possible to make and what she is capable of. She is really excited about getting the furniture pieces home. It’s been so nice getting to know Candice, she works on her projects with a lot of focus and care. She has great original ideas.”

Participants on our MIYO project learn skills like sewing, woodworking, upcycling, canvas art, painting, decorating and more. The programme also includes a shopping budget plus inspiration trips.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of our MIYO projects in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Edinburgh or Ayrshire then get in touch today to find out more.

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