Youth Project of the Month

We like to celebrate and showcase the excellent work going on at youth projects across the county through our Youth Project of the Month feature

July's Youth Project of the Month - Lifeworks

Lifeworks are a very busy charity with lots going on. For children & adults with learning disabilities. They were very excited to be project of the month. Here’s a little taste of what they are up to. You can find out more on their website

The Holiday Project is in partnership with young people age 12-19 plus a fantastic network of activity providers and cultural venues across Devon. We aim to provide recreational and leisure opportunities across each holiday that enrich and extend experience; offer young people with learning disabilities a sense of community; belonging and independence.

At the beginning of each week there will be a springboard workshop delivered at South Devon Railway with artists working in partnership with the SDRT workforce to inspire young people’s participation.

  • KEEP CALM AND DO IT ANYWAY (30 July – 10 August)
  •   A summer creativity programme devised in partnership with learning disabled young leaders to support learning disabled young people’s health and well-being. 40% of children with a learning disability suffer from mental health problems (James Robinson What’s the difference between a learning disability and a mental health problem? Mencap. May 2016). This pilot will provide a comfortable space for young people to gain confidence, build resilience and develop creative coping strategies involving physical activity and mindfulness. Programme activities, including forest school and felt making, hula hoop and hip hop on the beach, paddle board yoga and meditation plus a sea canoe litter pick, are all designed to encourage participants to Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give.
  • ALL ABOARD (20 -31 August)

ALL ABOARD will connect learning disabled children and young people with their local heritage and provide a fun and accessible platform from which to explore the South Devon Railway by:

1.       Training as young broadcasters with Soundart Radio; interviewing people who remember using the Branchline 60 years ago and young people living in the community now to compare their experience of local public transport – a particular issue for learning disabled people who commonly experience isolation because of their disability further compounded by living in rural areas;

2.       Creating a Branchline Oral History to be shared as part of a digital installation in the ALL ABOARD Exhibition hosted by the South Devon Railway Trust (SDRT), broadcast by Soundart Radio with over 8000 local listeners and donated to the SDRT for their archives thereafter.

3.       Working with a Daisi digital artist to create a digital installation for a static carriage at SDRT Museum, Buckfastleigh and the Staverton waiting room.

4.       Working with a Daisi Print maker to create 2D hanging pieces for the ‘end of the SDR line’: Totnes station.

5.       Working with Dance in Devon dance practitioners to create a very special performance piece for the SDR train to be performed as part of the ALL ABOARD exhibition.

6.       Working with the Community Engagement Officer for Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum to craft Peoples Museum pieces which will first be exhibited at ALL ABOARD and then in the brand-new Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum.

At the beginning of each week there will be a springboard workshop delivered at South Devon Railway with artists working in partnership with the SDRT workforce to inspire young people’s participation. As each week progresses the artists will work with the young people offsite to create the described installations. Participants will also get a day out at River Dart Country Park and experience Paddleboard yoga as part of their weeks experience.

On 01 and 02 September the young creators will return to SDR to share their work with family, friends and South Devon Railway visitors.

All participating young people will be enabled to undertake their Arts Award, an accessible route into accredited learning, as part of process.

Please note both programmes are subject to funding. 

For more information please contact: M: 0750 086 0288

Lifeworks is keen to make our new young volunteers programme - Extraordinary Young People - funded by Children in Need and the Sobell Foundation for young people under the age of 18 open to young adults age 18+. The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated they might have an interest in funding a yearlong project to support learning disabled young people in receipt of ESA to gain experience in work placement, develop skills and connect with the right people to help them realise their vocational aspirations. The support offered will be bespoke; tailored to the interests and needs of each individual. The project will also, where there is an interest, help learning disabled young adults to develop their own ideas in a small business context.
As a first step we need to gain an understanding of the market – Are you or the young person you care for in receipt of ESA? Might they be interested in a project like this? Your feedback could help us make the business case.
We have been asked to present our case very soon, so your immediate response would be appreciated. Please contact Sarah-Jane Lowson, Community Projects Development Manager Email: Mobile number: 0750 086 0288