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Young people provided with gateway into the creative arts

A creative project in Walker and Byker has given 211 young people the opportunity to get involved with film making, photography, radio broadcasting and the creative arts. St Anthony’s Youth Education Service, a youth club affectionately known as ‘The Bostey’, received a grant from the Asian Fund, the Fogo Fund, the Reeds Grassroots Fund and the Wellesley Trust Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to deliver ‘Project 39’. 

The grant covered the cost of materials and the salary of a professional local artist who worked with the young people on four theme areas. The project took place over 39 weeks, with two sessions a week lasting two hours each.

Elaine Holdsworth, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation said: 

“We were delighted to bring several of our funds together to support Project 39. It was a well thought out project that succeeded in engaging and inspiring young people to get involved in creative activities and develop their skills”. 

The project gave the young people the opportunity to develop their artistic skills within a safe environment that promoted creative thinking and helped to build a bridge between diverse cultures and experiences.   

Stacey Davidson, Project Worker at St Anthony’s Youth Education Service said: 

“The impact the grant has had on The Bostey had been phenomenal for the children and young people who accessed the project. The children and young people have been able to learn and grow through using a range of different artistic skills, that they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do elsewhere.   

“They were fully engaged within each session as they had picked the themes they were interested in. Many of them come from disadvantaged surroundings and through providing them with these enriching activities, it has enabled them to look to the future.  

“We would like to say a massive thank you to the four funds who supported our application and believed in our young people. Without the help and support of the Community Foundation, the young people wouldn’t have had the opportunity to engage within Project 39 and learn so many life skills whilst doing creative arts and having fun”.