Thanks to funding from Awards for All and PAYP (Positive Activities for Young People), artists Vicky Holbrough and Nicola Parkin were able to work with a group of young people involved with the Leaving Care Team at Darlington. The young people successfully achieved their Bronze Arts Award, which is a level 1 qualification, and enjoyed using a variety of visual arts techniques and materials throughout the project, with visiting artists Francesca Hudson and Adrian Moule both leading a couple of sessions. Visits to BALTIC & Lazarides, with a stop-off at Angel of the North on the way home, as well as Darlington Arts Centre enabled the group to see artists work in professional venues.
The projects’ aims were to help give this group (who were at a complex transitional stage in their lives) a range of skills to help them to move on positively, adding value to the dedicated work of the Leaving Care Team:
- Confidence and Self-esteem
- Communication skills, teamwork and leadership
- Enjoyment and cultural engagement/ entitlement
- A qualification (Bronze Arts Award – NQF Level 1)