‘Social Inclusion Programme’ projects are those where the key outcomes are benefits for the individuals taking part, which might be gaining skills, improving confidence, developing reflectivity, learning to work as part of a group, enjoying being with others, having a say about your situation – or all of these and more. SI projects form the greatest part of what we do; our participants have ranged in age from 0 (babies of teenage mams) to 103 (writing project about ‘home’). We have worked very extensively with refugees and others newly arrived here, offering a welcome, helping them overcome loneliness, and celebrating their talents and cultures.
‘Education Programme’ projects are those where the key outcome is learning; projects include our work with schools and colleges – which might be creative activities with pupils and students, but also professional development for teachers. We can offer creative and imaginative approaches to the teaching of STEM subjects – as a pupil once said ‘art makes science unboring’!
Also, we design and deliver professional development for artists, which might be sessions we set up ourselves, or specialist sessions, eg working with refugees, or budgeting for projects, that we deliver for other hosts.
Heritage and Environment
‘H and E’ projects use creative and imaginative approaches to help people of all ages, learn about and enjoy the Tees Valley’s natural environment, and to celebrate their histories and heritage.