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Young people raise money for Impact Arts at packed North Ayrshire exhibition!

Young people on our Creative Pathways employability programme in North Ayrshire sold some beautiful hand-made products at this week’s final exhibition and showcase event at Trinity Church Hall in Irvine town centre.

On sale were concrete plant pots, postcards from pinhole cameras, marble ink notebooks, and t-shirts, while a bench the young people constructed using recycled wood was donated to Abbeyfield House, a local care home.

At a packed Trinity Church Hall, over £150 was raised through sales for Impact Arts projects across Scotland.

The Creative Pathways programme has involved young people learning a host of creative techniques while receiving one-to-one support with job-hunting, CV and interview skills as they work towards completing SQA qualifications.



This final showcase event was a chance to demonstrate just how much they have accomplished over the last ten weeks.

Abbie, 16, is one of the course participants. She said:

“I liked it - it’s been really good trying new things for the first time. It’s been great finding out how to actually make things from scratch.

“I really enjoyed making the notebooks and working with the pinhole cameras. The tutors helped me a lot - I’ve come a long way and I’ve now got a job.

“It was useful doing mock interviews and getting help with applications. I don’t think I could have done so well if I didn’t have Impact Arts to talk to and support me."



Chelsea, 16, is another participant. She said: “I’ve really enjoyed it, the tutors have been amazing and showed us how to do so much stuff - things that I think I’ll go on to do in my spare time as well.

“I’ve just found out I’ve got a job, and Impact Arts were really helpful with that. Seeing everything exhibited, it’s really surprising how much we’ve done and how far we’ve come.

"I didn’t think we would actually get this far. Everything looks great on display.”



Portia Velarde, who led the project alongside fellow artist Allan Whyte, said: “We couldn’t be happier with how the showcase went."

"All the young people’s hard work has really paid off and it shows, not just in the high standard of the items on sale but in the overwhelming response from public, who turned out in high numbers."

"We were delighted also to have the Lord Provost and other local politicians in attendance."

“It was also great to present a couple of the residents from Abbeyfield House care home with the bench and bird boxes the young people on the programme built for them from recycled wood.”

This block of Creative Pathways was funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and the Big Lottery Fund’s Our Bright Future initiative.

Impact Arts are currently recruiting for a new Creative Pathways programme in Glasgow – find more information here.

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