Funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund, New Territory is a partnership project between Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Ignite Theatre delivered across Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian.
The project incorporates a wide range of activities, including new and existing weekly drama sessions (Toonspeak), summer projects (Ignite) and Young Arts Leaders training (YTAS) all located in regions which are ‘new territory’ for the partners involved. YTAS’ Young Arts Leaders work aims to provide progression opportunities for nine young people aged 16-24 in key areas (Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian) of multiple deprivation.
Throughout 2018-20 the Young Arts Leaders will each develop their own artistic practice and their leadership and employability skills to support innovative arts-based projects in their communities.
We recently submitted the Year 1 report on the New Territory project to Creative Scotland with our partners, Toonspeak and Ignite. Below are the headline achievements of the project so far:
New Territory has engaged 284 young people, 59% of which were ‘new to these types of activities’ and 76% of which have ‘sustained their participation’ (to date).
20% of the participants have reported 62 equality group characteristics within the 284 participants, including; BME, Disabled, LGBTI, young people with mental health issues, Looked After Children and Young Carers.
Outcomes already achieved include:
• 68% of participants reported their ‘confidence increasing’ and ‘felt able to do new things’
• 66% of participants reported their ‘skills increasing’
• 55% of participants reported ‘increased aspirations’
• 63% of participants reported ‘positive changes in their behaviour’
• 69% of participants reported ‘increases in feeling safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included’
• 74% of participants have ‘gone on to do new things after their initial Cashback involvement’
If you are aged 16-24, live in West Lothian, Inverclyde or North Lanarkshire come along to one of our recruitment workshops. To find out more about the project please contact Sophie Howell, New Territories Mentor and Co-coordinator.
Nicole is the Community Arts Modern Apprentice at Cultural NL in North Lanarkshire. She has been working on developing her skills as a workshop leader with the organisation. She has supported their annual theatre show and recently led her own visual art workshop on the theme of recycled materials.
Ryan is currently the workshop assistant for the film strand of the Regal Youth Theatre in Bathgate. Over the last term, Ryan has been creating a short music video for RYC Film called ‘Establish’ which is now on the RYC YouTube Channel.
Mhairi has been working as a workshop assistant with Cultural NL on a project called ‘Secret Agents…Investigate!’. As part of this week-long workshop, Mhairi produced a small show. She has been working with children from ages 5-12 years and leading warm-ups. She has now started working for CultureNL as an artform assistant.
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