The Corner project wins Youthlink National Youth Work Award

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Peer education worker Christine Greig and community learning and development worker (media) Laura Cooney from The Corner accepted the award

Re-Formation, a youth-led community art project organised by The Corner, was awarded the Time to Shine Arts and Creativity Award at YouthLink Scotland’s National Youth Work Awards in Glasgow.

The project scooped the award for its inspirational approach to raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting creativity as a tool to engage and inspire others.

Few cities can say they’ve turned a whole street into an artistic masterpiece, but thanks to 11 youth projects and over 90 young people in Dundee, Reform Street was transformed over a weekend in September last year to celebrate the art and style of young Dundonians for Year of Young People.

Supported by local artists, young people chose a range of themes to be represented within their art installation including equality, diversity, feelings, respect and, of course, celebrating Dundee itself.  A key aspect of the project was to offer young people a voice, an opportunity to inspire, engage and empower others to positively contribute to their community and local environment.

Reform Street was then transformed with paint into a vibrant hub for the public thanks to the determination and hard work of young people and workers who supported this citywide initiative.

The project was co-designed and delivered by young people and co-ordinated by The Corner.  The range of organisations involved in the partnership include Dundee East Youth Team, Hot Chocolate Trust, Tayside Council on Alcohol, LGBT Youth Scotland, Rock Solid, Young Carers, Dundee International Women’s Centre, Our Community Space (Hilltown), Morgan Academy and Harris Academy.

The award was sponsored by Creative Scotland, and YouthLink commented, “Using an innovative blend of the arts and youth work practice, our finalists are all helping young people to develop life skills, whilst encouraging imagination.  Through creative youth work, more young people in Scotland are now getting involved in all forms of the arts.  It all goes to show the power of creativity as an effective way of learning.”

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