Unity House partnered with The Prince’s Trust’s Fairbridge Programme in Salford to work on a 5-week project with young people not in education, employment or training.
The group learnt about their city and were supported by digital artists to create new work inspired by its rich cultural and social heritage.
The research phase of the project saw young people take part in a workshop with North West Sound Archive. Through a collaboration with St Vincent’s Housing Association, they then recorded oral histories at a residential home.
For the remaining three weeks, the group worked with artists to develop their own artistic voice and produced short films, photography and creative writing as well as a project website.
This work was funded through the Heritage Lottery’s Young Roots Programme. When we bid to manage and deliver the project, we included arts accreditation. All the young people gained a Bronze Arts Award which would help them in finding employment and training.
They also celebrated the new skills they had developed at a showcase event at BBC Bridge House, MediaCity.
“We received advice from the Northwest Sound Archive managers on techniques for recording oral histories.
I enjoyed the visit to the residential home as it made me realise how hard it was living during the war in Salford and made me more grateful of life now.”