Paisley youth arts group CREATE have launched their autumn programme.

Over the coming weeks CREATE will be offering a variety of sessions to young people aged 12 to 21 across Renfrewshire, from drop-in sessions, youth voice and activism, support groups and the weekly CREATE Cafe.

These sessions will continue to be run by the team of professional youth workers already at CREATE, with some sessions having external partnerships with other groups such as Active Communities. CREATE often works in association with creative professionals who join the sessions to showcase their talents and teach our young people new skills.

CREATES’ Summer Programme saw creative leads such as award winning poet Imogen Stirling and artist Pete Stewart join the sessions.


Photo: Poet Imogen Stirling took part in the summer sessions

Kicking off early September will see a variety of online and in person sessions being offered to young people. CREATE will offer some of the sessions hosted from Summer 2021 including the Neu Normal, The Space drop in sessions, Through the Storms and the CREATE Cafe on a Friday night. CREATE are also relaunching some of the favourite sessions including Amplify and Space – now known as Open Space.

Youth Worker Nicola Fegusson has been working with young people in person during the summer and looks forward to launching the Autumn Programme and continuing to support the young people in the creative sessions that are being offered. She said: “Over the summer months we continued to work with many young people who have found it difficult transitioning back to in person sessions.

“Over the last year and a half we have really seen the effect of the isolation and anxieties surrounding the pandemic taking its toll on the young people we support. These hybrid sessions that we will continue to offer to our young people will allow them to be comfortable in transitioning back to in person socialising, offering them support from the youth workers but as well as offering them a fun, safe space to come along to and be creative.

“I look forward to the Autumn programme and seeing the young people continue to excel within the groups and as individuals”.

The sessions launch week, Monday 13th September and are open to young people aged 12 to 21. If you would like more information, visit: www.createpaisley.org.uk or to sign up visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGKAvzxzeM0MMxRDOxTMN8yCxzafNOk2rFzcZk_wj332eMQQ/viewform.

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