A NEW hub is giving young people in Bemerton Heath the chance to get involved in more creative activities.

Local youth work charity RISE:61 ran Creative Hub taster sessions to give a flavour of what activities are to come.

The hub has been made possible thanks to funding from George Bairstow Charitable Trust, Wiltshire Council Area Youth Board, The Anchor Foundation, and All Churches Trust Ltd. This meant RISE:61 were able to hire a Creative Hub manager, Becks Crouch and invest in a variety of different craft and electronic resources.

Becks said: “I have been a youth worker since 2009 and I love using creativity to help young people express themselves and tell their stories. And by showing them genuine care and attention it’s amazing to see how they can turn the hard parts of their stories upside down.”

Activities ranged from T-shirt dying to video filming/editing.

Finishing the school term the young people had a blast at a party in the garden followed by a powder paint colour run.

The Creative Hub sessions also saw the murals on the outer walls of the sports compound completed. These murals were completed by the help of local art teacher Tamsin.

Young person Shaun also came up with the idea of wrapping up all four of the mural walls (“hope”, “faith”, “love”, “do not fear”) with the verse “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

Another part of the sessions was a three-week project with Salisbury Museum, where a community curator gave a talk. The young people also had an after hours trip to the museum.

For more information about the charity visit: rise61.org

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