Our partner project Face Forward helps young people aged 15-24 to overcome barriers and disadvantages. We support young people in the Bridport and Sturminster Newton areas of Dorset by matching the participants with artist practitioners. This helps to develop their skills and confidence towards finding a new job or going back to college.

Our Project Co-ordinators, Mark and Luciana, have worked with over 25 young people so far. They create person centred, arts-based activities, designed to build on interests and existing skills. Participants have enjoyed song writing and recording, filming, drawing, photography, fashion design, creative writing, stage make-up, music tech and learning to play guitar and ukulele. They work either individually, in pairs, or in small groups depending on their needs and interests.

We have recorded their personal journeys from how they felt about themselves before taking part in the project to how they felt afterwards and have seen incredible positive results in feelings of increased confidence, ability to cope better with anxieties and increased motivation to search for a job or go back into education. Here are a few examples of what these amazing young people have achieved:

 

Face Forward Participant Brendan developed his photography skills and has taken these beautiful images

and another participant, Louie, has found his passion for wildlife photography

Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund.