We nurture meaningful relationships between children and young people with experience of the care system, and the adults and organisations who play a part in their lives. We place creativity at the heart of this process. We deliver creative programmes, develop partnerships between local authorities and arts organisations, and conduct research into the impact of creative interventions for looked after children.
I was given the opportunity to enable Harewood Hill Lodge to become a creative care home. I wanted this to develop the young people as artists in whatever field they decided and for the staff to develop themselves as arts leaders. By becoming arts leaders they would have a ‘toolkit’ of essential resources to support the children and young people.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed the creative sessions we have had as a staff group, creating the story bag of A Squash and a Squeeze, and the earlier sessions at ‘Scrap Studio Arts’ with artist Yvonne Preston. The skill of using a sewing machine still eludes me, however it was fun trying!
Arts Award has made me enjoy the challenge of looking at different ways that I and other staff are able to get the young people to participate and have the opportunity of enjoying arts/music in its’ many different themes. The Arts Award has made me look at creative ways that the young people can explore art projects and have the opportunity to participate irrespective of their disabilities.
We are Linda and Katy and we are both enthusiastic about our work at a residential setting for children with learning and physical disabilities. Our role is to nurture and care for the young people who use our service so that they are able to reach their full potential. We love to support our young people to be a part of the wider community and experience events and activities across the North East…and stop for the occasional coffee, cake and burger along the way (and don’t forget the ice-cream!)
I’m Jane; I’m a dark chocolate lover, period drama fan and an arts project manager. I’m sometimes referred to by people as the Arts Award Lady, and I’m very happy indeed to be known as that. I love Arts Award, for all sorts of reasons; one of them is getting to know, and work alongside fantastic Advisers.
A Creative Dialogue: arts and culture, the common third in social pedagogy - we were delighted to be asked to contribute to this event in Northern Ireland in September 2017.
The wonderful Navigator North asked us if we would like to use one of their Empty Shops (in the Cornmill Centre, Darlington), for our Head, Heart, Hands project - we said yes (of course) and then had approx 4 days to fill it!
To have a look through more photos of the exhibition, check our our gallery.
Blue Cabin Associate Jane Gray, and Board Member Marc Jones, traveled to Edinburgh in November 2016 to attend the Fostering Network's Head, Heart, Hands conference. Here, Jane and Marc share reflections from their trip.
Head over to our blog to read our new post about our partnership approach to Arts Award with Harewood Hill Lodge as part of Creative Care Home.