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"Exposure not only helped young people discover support and coping strategies when faced with the most of serious of issues, from self harming to substance misuse, but it also shone a light on no matter how young people behave, there is always an underlying reason, which projects like these expose and offer pathways to seek help."
Lisa Shephard - Inspiring healthy lifestyles
Description: Hednesford Park and Tescos were placed in the spotlight for its real and perceived ASB, which put young people in a poor light. Your arts service secured funds through local commissioning to raise awareness of the postive achievements by young people who use these spaces, and spark a conversation between all users of all ages. Drop in workshops, involving print, textiles, spray art, digital arts, music enabled young people to share their personal interests and their contributions to society, and created artworks to reflect them. Using textiles, print, and digital arts, it generated results which provoked adult shoppers and park users to think about what they did when they were young, creating a greater sense of empathy and tolerance. Equally it provided a platform to talk and share with young people the consequences of putting themselves at risk and impact of ASB on the wider community. Artworks were exhibited in the main foyer, and has generated a free exhibition space for all to use.

Our Role: Secured funds, raise the profile of the young peoples experiences to strategic partners and provide insight to inform how to address any ASB. Co-ordinate creative activities and engage youth leads and creative practioners and Tescos.

Partners: Chase Better Health partnership / Staffordshire County Council / Staffordshire Fire and Rescue / Staffordshire Police / Tescos - Hednesford / Friends of Hednesford Park / Cannock Chase Council Parks and Open Spaces / SCYVS / Salvation Army

Creatives: Gez Whitehouse, Julia Jowett, Steven Cooling, Louise Evans and Young People from Hednesford!