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Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre


Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre was awarded £129,470 to run from April 2018 to March 2021

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.

Moniack Mhor is the only dedicated residential creative writing centre in Scotland. The organisation enables people of all ages, abilities and walks of life, to access, participate in and celebrate creative writing. 

This project focuses on enhancing and widening the creative opportunities for young people with care experience based in the Highlands, the Northern Isles and the wider areas of Scotland.  The programme involves taster sessions in a variety of genres of creative writing such as performance poetry, fiction, song writing, storytelling and more, as well as deeper learning workshops where young people can delve into the area that really captures their interest. They also offer one to one mentoring by experienced tutors and other forms of support such as opportunities through their leadership programme.

Through provision of an opportunity to share their work and thoughts with the wider community, it is hoped that young people with care experience will collectively have a stronger voice and be empowered to make active choices about their future.

Read more about Moniack Mhor’s Creative and Active Lives project