I started working with communities at the age of 18…
I now have over 14 years experience in Youth Work and Community Education. In this time I have tutored music in schools which catered for young people who presented challenging behaviour, worked with The Scottish Parliament on ways to evaluate events for young people and have helped communities to feel good about the place where they live through, Art, Film and Music.
I have designed, developed and delivered project for local authorities and have had the pleasure of working with some of the largest charities in the UK such as Barnardos and Quarriers.
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South Ayrshire Council had asked for a way to engage young people during the summer months and expressed that they were also interested in creating something to promote Ayr Beach and the surrounding activities.
The project I developed engaged over 50 young people in a drop in Graffiti Session
and also left the artwork up throughout the summer so people could get their photographs taken with them using the hashtag #heidsofayr helping to increase the social presence of the area.
North Ayrshire Councils commissioned myself to design and develop a program to produce a teaching resource. To do this I engaged six different primary schools to develop the Gaelic Speaking Dictionary.
The young people learnt the basics of the Gaelic language AND they also used numerous mediums to do so such as Animation, Photography, Audio Recording, Foley Recording and Film.
The end result was an online engaging resource which allowed other Primary Schools and Teachers to teach Gaelic to their classrooms.
Arran Youth Foundations provide the young people of the Isle of Arran with fantastic opportunities and learning experiences. They are a Not for Profit Organisation and run a Drop In Centre for the Young People of Arran.
I have spent a lot of time with the groups working in Music, Art and Film.
This video is from one project where I helped the young people to revamp their cabin.
…is simple. To engage young people and communities in creative projects which leave them not only with new skills but also with the tools needed to pursue creativity on their own.
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it." - Kurt Vonnegut
“Without deviation from the norm, ‘progress’ is not possible.” - Frank Zappa
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw
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