“This has been amazing, because at school I never wanted to do stuff, in this I just got out my comfort zone and gave it a try”
Running in North Ayrshire & Falkirk and Renfrewshire, Art Wise aims to help families meet their individual needs, to thrive and to stay together. Providing parents/carers with therapeutic and creative support to better understand their child(ren’s) behaviour, develop tools to connect, communicate and support their children to identify their own needs and coping strategies using art and creativity.
Working with our qualified Art Therapist and Wellbeing Support Worker through a mix of parents/carer sessions and whole family creative play sessions you will be able to connect with other parents, access peer support, and develop your local support networks by linking in with other local organisations which can support other aspects of family life e.g. benefits, welfare, food security, relationship support, nutrition etc.
The programme will run in 10 week blocks, with follow up sessions.
This programme is funded by the Whole Family Wellbeing fund.
Impactful Parents is running in North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire & Barrhead.
Parents based in those local authorities can attend this new programme where they will gain employability skills and SQA qualifications, and will receive 1-1 support towards future employment, plus there will be lots of creative arts activities to enjoy.
North Ayrshire – Mondays & Tuesdays, from 9.30am-2.30pm, Impact Arts, 60 Bank St Irvine
North Lanarkshire – Mondays online, Tuesdays & Wednesdays Summerlee Heritage Museum, Coatbridge
Barrhead – Thursdays & Fridays 9.30am-2.30.pm, St Andrews Church Barrhead (This project is funded by Barrhead Housing Association & Work East Ren)
During the sessions, participants will benefit from tailored activities that focus on preparing them for the world of work, including interview preparation, job research and confidence building tasks. Health and wellbeing is also a key focus of this programme, with regular scheduled wellbeing activities.
Participants can receive up to £30 per week as a training allowance for attending the programme, plus travel costs can also be reimbursed.
Impact Arts’ friendly, supportive delivery staff will work with participants to ensure everyone reaches their potential and has a great experience. Our dedicated Youth Worker will support participants to gain an SQA qualification and will offer tailored pastoral support throughout the 12 weeks. Our Creative Lead tutor will introduce participants to new artistic techniques and will support them in creating artworks using various artforms. We also hope to link up with local community groups during this programme and to work with specialists to offer a packed programme of useful training and activities.
At the end of the 12 weeks, there will be a celebratory showcase of work that will be planned, collated and hosted by the participants. Friends and family members can help the participants to celebrate their achievements. This event will be child-friendly and open for all!
We aim to help each participant to build confidence and develop employability skills to ensure they go on to a positive destination once they complete the programme. This could be further training, education or employment.
The programme is open to the following people:
Parents who live in North Ayrshire/North Lanarkshire/Barrhead (can be any age, up to 67 years) who are experiencing barriers to employment
Parents with a disability or who have children with a disability
Parents with 3 or more children
Parents from a minority ethnic background
Families with a parent under 25 years old
Other low-income parents e.g. kinship carers
If you are a parent who meets the criteria or a referral agency, and you’d like to express an interest in joining the Impactful Parents programme, please complete our form below.
Make It Your Own can help you to gain creative, practical and life skills to help sustain your tenancy.
A creative interior design programme that provides bespoke support to help you take ownership of your tenancy and to decorate it in your own style so it feels like yours.
You’ll benefit from practical decorating support and equipment. We will also help and support you to find your own style; design and make items for your home such as cushions, throws, upcycled furniture, accessories and artworks for the walls; a home improvement budget; life-skills training and development (e.g. financial management, CV writing, setting routines) and support to set goals for the future.