Here are some stories from our Spark community projects as we seek to fundraise £8k in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign.

Every £1 donated will be doubled during Giving Week, 12pm Tue 27 Nov to 12pm Tue 04 Dec.

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Spark provides arts opportunities for young people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, or battling financial inequalities. Our work provides vibrant and exciting outreach projects in visual and performance arts.

Surrey Young Carers – Wise Words project

It is amazing how young carers have such a reservoir of resilience and wisdom, and Wise Words nurtured these qualities and brought them to the foreground for the young carers and their families to acknowledge and celebrate – perhaps for the first time. It was so evident that the participants benefited from available time where they could talk to other young people who live in a similar way to them while taking part in dance, drama and mixed media workshops. Wise Words appeared to empower the young people by helping them to celebrate their uniqueness. It brought to their attention the insight they have in how to cope with the daily challenges they experience as a young carer and in turn how their knowledge can help others who are struggling. What was also apparent was the need for the young people to have creative fun and respite from their home environment. Wise Words as it intended provided a space where they didn’t have to forsake their needs for someone else – it gave them that time to just be them, to be a young person. They talked about their feelings and listened to others who have similar experiences and how they cope with challenging environments while taking on board new coping strategies.

Nicky Norton, Artist, The Dance Movement

Step by Step – Sculpture Project

We have two young people who are fairly disengaged with Step by Step and our services.  When Ruth came in to do the wood burning and sculpture project, I could see week on week they were both eager to participate and learn new skills.  The project improved their engagement and now they are readily taking up our training services to support their pathway into adulthood.   

Emma Joyce, Step by Step

Sarah took part in the mixed media workshops and she began on the first week with a low mood and very low confidence.  But I could see this improve each week where she engaged confidently and openly with the artist learning different techniques and developing her artistic skills – I could see at the end Sarah was very proud of her achievement and the finished art work she made. She made one for a family member’s birthday which helped to improve a strained relationship.

Emma Joyce, Step by Step

A Place to Be – Photography Project

Lucy has additional needs and is so passionate about art but unfortunately she gets few opportunities to explore anything more than the basic and very structured art lessons offered at school. Spark offered her a chance to learn about a new art form in a very freeing way and to bond with other young people along the way that she wouldn’t normally engage with.

Daisy Owen, Youth Worker, A Place to Be

Find out all about our Big Give Christmas Challenge here.

Every £1 donated will be doubled during Giving Week, 12pm Tue 27 Nov to 12pm Tue 04 Dec.

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maltings meets: Chris Helme
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maltings meets… Vicki Sayers
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maltings meets… Grizzly Rhys Morgan
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summer dining at the maltings
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A Monochrome View
A Monochrome View
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night market now indoors from 6.30pm
night market now indoors from 6.30pm
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maltings meets… Days Are Done
maltings meets… Days Are Done
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Wearing Other People’s Shoes
Wearing Other People’s Shoes
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maltings meets… Steph Richardson
maltings meets… Steph Richardson
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A Sense of Place
A Sense of Place
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