Creative programme enables us to work with more young people in more ways
participation helps safeguard young people, promote resilience and contributes to service quality. proactive in engaging with and responding to the needs of marginalised young people. Young people led Partnership working
Resilience is so important when we are working with young people's mental health particularly with the stigma young people face :
The YMCA produced a report of October 2016 called, “I Am Whole” with 2,072 young people aged between 11 and 24-years 75% reported that people experiencing difficulties with their mental health are treated negatively as a result of stigma. 59% of young people experienced this stigma at school 54% who experienced this stigma said it came from their own friends. Young people with mental health difficulties who had experienced this stigma said they have been subject to prejudice 70%, left out of activities 54% and verbally abused 36%.
What we have found is that by putting young people at the centre of this work – and by integrating it into a social action approach – Young people find new avenues of expression They feel positively recognised
A creative space is also a space where young people step outside of the labels they and others put on them
Margrove, K.L. et al., 2013. An exploration of artists' perspectives of participatory arts and health projects for people with mental health needs. Public Health , Volume 127 , Issue 12 , 1105 - 1110 Clennon, Ornette and Carola Boehm, 2014. Young Musicians for Heritage Project: can a music-based heritage project have a positive effect on well-being? Music Education Research, 16:3
This is more reminiscent of bonded labour Co-opting communities to make your product better
co-production can be understood as an exploratory space and a generative process that leads to different, and sometimes unexpected, forms of knowledge, values, and social relations. In health, and alongside user and community participation, co-production is described as a way of working together to improve health and of creating user-led, people-centred health care services.
It’s the relationships that allow co-production to happen and the new forms of knowledge, values, and social relations that emerge out of co-productive processes.
Being asked questions was particularly important as they felt recognised and valued for their wealth of knowledge and expertise: how they respond to problems, and have developed expertise in managing illness and disability, and the benefits system.
A bit about 42nd Street
Our Shared Mission
To support young people with their emotional well-
being and mental health, promoting choice and
We champion young person centred approaches that
demonstrate local impact and have national
42nd Street supports young people under
stress to achieve their full potential
• Providing interventions that promote resilience
• Ensuring that the voice of young people informs
and influences service development;
• Enabling young people to take part in
opportunities for personal development and
• Improving awareness of the mental health needs
of young people and challenge the stigma
associated with mental health.
Ancoats Art Museum
How do we approach this
-Socially engaged practice
-Artist led, participant focussed
Putting young people
at the centre in
creativity can play a
role in their own
The arts offer a space to reinvent self, explore
identity beyond mental health labels,
distraction from problems and a sense of
achievement unrelated to mental health goals.
Margrove and Mark, 2013 & Clennon and Boehm, 2014
Project Attendees Sessions % of YP
Hidden 55 60 24%
Creative Agents 51 55 22%
Gift Shop 48 29 21%
Dress 13 7 6%
Horse’s Mouth 12 4 5%
Creative Wellbeing 20 12 9%
Animate 10 5 4%
Pergola 7 3 3%
Other 17 34 7%
Totals 233 209
101% (due to
How Many Young People Accessed the Creative Programme?
Outcomes for Young People
• Increased sense of agency and empowerment including
• Enhanced enjoyment of working with others,
• Increased opportunities to pass on knowledge and
information to others ,
• Greater self-expression and sense of achievement,
• More commitment, determination and follow through,
• Strong evidence of heightened self-reflection,
• Growth in creative skills,
• More information on and access to progression
Originally coined in the late 1970s, by economist
A process in which contributions from individuals
who are not in the same organization are
transformed into goods and services.
An exploratory space and a
generative process that leads to
different, and sometimes
unexpected, forms of knowledge,
values, and social relations.
The co-production of what? Knowledge, values, and social relations in health care
Angela Filipe , Alicia Renedo, Cicely Marston
“If we just acted, and did scenarios of how life
was, what we did, day- to- day, it wouldn’t
have provoked the right emotion in them for us.
If they just watched us do a tear-jerking drama
or whatever, they would pity us. That’s not
what we wanted. We wanted them to
understand us. And I feel like the way that we
did it, interacted with them. We didn’t want
them to feel sorry for us, and cry at us, and
think that’s not a really great life or whatever.
We wanted them to understand why we did it”.
‘At first, I thought it was boring but it really taught me
about myself and how to get my mind back on the
‘It made me feel really independent. It was good to have
to make our own decisions. Like not just being told do
this and then do this. We were making the decisions
about the creative stuff.’