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Impact Arts (Falkirk) – COCO project

Impact Arts (Falkirk) was awarded funding of £142,389 to run from April 2018 to March 2021 to deliver their project, COCO

Young people with care experience have told us that they would love more opportunities to be active and have fun, developing their interests and trying out new things in areas such as music, art, sport and crafts. The Creative and Active Lives funding initiative was created with this in mind.

The funding will support young people with care experience to increase their social networks, skills and improve their health. These projects all have young people at their heart, as the Trust works with organisations that create opportunities for young people to design and lead programmes themselves. The Trust awarded a total of £1,746,170 to fourteen Creative and Active Lives projects across Scotland.

The COCO (Care and Opportunity, Celebration and Outcomes) project gives young people with care experience in HMYOI Polmont the opportunity to engage in creative activities, develop new skills and confidence and create, exhibit or perform art that tells their story. 

Those who will benefit from the project in Polmont have, in the majority of cases, experienced multiple disadvantage, often coming from communities affected by high levels of deprivation.  This project will give them a chance to learn new skills and share their experiences in a way they may not have been able to do so before.  They will have access to creative and artistic activities to help them improve their confidence and self-esteem, develop new skills and improve their life chances.

The project offers a range of creative activities that focus on story-telling including song-writing, DJ-ing, creative writing, visual arts and design. 

Impact Arts believe that this overall approach gives young people the skills for the future by harnessing the feelings of success that lead to improved confidence and self-belief. Additionally, the project will improve the life chances of young people through offering accredited qualifications (for example ASDAN Creative Arts Award) which will support the transition back in to the community.

Read more about Impact Arts

Read more about the project in the Falkirk Herald