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Project Manager Dawn Mentors Young People in Commonwealth Innovation Challenge!

Impact Arts’ Project Manager Dawn Barrett will be acting as a mentor for Beyond the Finish Line’ finalists Treemendus. Dawn joins Impact Arts’ Chief Executive Lynne Carr who is on the Beyond The Finish Line (BTFL) advisory board. BTFL is a one year programme that aims to mobilise young people (aged 16-30) in Glasgow to regenerate their local areas by setting up social enterprises to be tested throughout 2014.

Treemendus are a social enterprise run by young entrepreneurs Sophie Steele and Shauna Gray. They want to open a shop/workspace selling furniture and Annie Sloan chalk paint and offering upcycling workshops. They will also have an online shop and courier furniture UK wide. They will work with volunteers, teaching them furniture upcycling as well as retail skills.

Dawn is in charge of Impact Arts’ Eco-chic Boutique. The social enterprise sells clothing, accessories, furniture and homeware made by young people on an innovative employability programme, Creative Pathways. The shop is located at 45 High Street Glasgow, and has been a source of inspiration for Treemendus. Sophie and Shauna requested that Dawn act as their mentor, providing them with an experienced sounding board and helping them overcome challenges and generate new ideas.

Dawn said:

“I’m delighted to be mentoring Treemendus – Sophie and Shauna have vision and ambition and I’ve no doubt they can go all the way, not only in the Beyond the Finish Line challenge, but in making their social enterprise a success in Glasgow.”



For more information contact Dawn on 0141 575 3001 or email


Beyond the Finish Line A collaboration between First Port and icecream architecture Community CIC, funded by Big Lottery and Legacy 2014.

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