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Inspiring Futures through the Arts for Young People 2017/18

Funded by the West Mercia Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), Worcestershire County Council (WCC), the Elmley Foundation, and led by Worcestershire Arts Partnership (WAP)

By: Andrew Bright | Featured, Featured Pupils, Featured Schools, Uncategorised | August 1, 2017

Worcestershire Arts Partnership are looking to work with Artists and/or Arts Organisations on an exciting project with young people aged 13-16 who are at risk of offending.
This project has been the result of a successful funding bid by WAP to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Scheme. It builds on the success of an adults project in 2016/17 where over 60 people in Worcestershire who had offended, or were at risk of offending, engaged with arts activities, many of whom showing positive results. A film of last year’s project can be seen here:

For 13-16 year olds, we are now recruiting artists for a partnership project with The Forge short stay school in Redditch – activity to take place in the school (see for more information about The Forge).
(There may also be an opportunity to deliver your artistic sessions within a partnership project with Worcester Community Trust, working in the early evenings in Worcester community centres. More about this potential extension to the project will be known by September).

The following artists are sought:

  • Dance/movement artists
  • Musicians or artists who use music in their work

The aim is to reduce the likelihood of offending by supporting 13-16 year olds into accessing positive artistic activities and meeting an agreed set of outcomes with West Mercia Police.
Last year’s artists on the adult programme provided very positive feedback about their experience on this project, having found it both rewarding and enjoyable.

What is expected of you:

  • We will run a 6 week programme of Dance and a 6 week programme of Music at The Forge. You will therefore be expected to create and deliver one 6-week programme of artistic activity in either Dance or Music for a small group of 13-16 year olds at The Forge.
  • Availability: Sessions at The Forge will be up to 2 hours long, on a regular week day to be agreed with The Forge, every week for 6 weeks, starting between October 2017 and February 2018. You will need to be available for these times.
  • Each session to contribute to a range of outcomes for those who attend, such as increasing self-esteem, developing empathy with others, managing and expressing emotions, assertion rather than aggression, positive body image, promoting positive connections between the young people, challenging anti-social behaviour. The outcomes will be defined by the Outcome Star – Teen Star – on which you will be trained, but additionally we want you to enable participants to develop artistic skills.
  • The last session to focus on embedding the learning and next steps for service users – this may include signposting to other opportunities, volunteering and mainstream activities. Sustaining the impact is something that both we and our partners feel strongly about.
  • (There may be an additional opportunity to contribute up to 4 sessions of your activity to young people aged 13-16 who attend Worcester community centres during the same overall time period. These sessions would be during the evening, most likely between 6:30 and 8:30pm. We will know more about this possible opportunity in September).
  • You will need to attend two training sessions, both provided by West Mercia Police:
    • Evaluation using the Outcome Star for Justice
    • Safeguarding training

    The training for this is likely to be between 28th September and 6th October. You will need to be available for this training.

  • You will need to complete an Outcome Star (Teen Star) for at least half of the participants on your course, measuring their progress twice (start and end). You will be able to work with their key workers/other professionals on this.
  • You will also need to keep a record of numbers attending each session and collect some qualitative data about their experiences – this may include photographs and quotes.
  • You will need to have an up to date DBS certificate and be able to provide your DBS number on request.

What support we will provide:

  • We will provide project management support for the whole project, someone who you can refer to and with whom you can raise any concerns.
  • We will make the relationships with the delivery partners and will take referrals onto your course.
  • We will provide the venues.
  • We will request that partner key workers are in the room with you during the activity, or that you are in a building where that support exists and is readily available.
  • We will provide you with a contribution to materials for your courses (up to £100 per artist).
  • We will provide you with media consent forms for clients/their parents or guardians to sign before any photography or filming takes place.
  • We will recruit a film-maker to record some of your sessions, which aims to publicise the project, change perceptions about offenders, promote the work of WAP, but also can be used by your own organisation to show the work you do and help you with future funding applications and work.
  • We will organise a training day for WAP members about cultural commissioning and our experiences with this project, at which you will receive a free place.

Overall outcomes for the referred service users are that they will have:

  • Improved their position on their personal Outcome Star (last year’s clients all improved in 9 out of 10 areas on the Outcome Star whilst they were undertaking the arts courses).
  • Developed their interest and skills in the arts.
  • Challenged their views of themselves and raised their aspirations.
  • Engaged with learning.
  • Connected with new education and training/artistic opportunities as a result.


  • Each weekly session (2 hours) will be paid at £150, inclusive of expenses and VAT.
  • Attendance at the two training sessions will be paid at £100 to your organisation per training session.
  • As stated above, up to £100 is available per artist as a contribution to any materials.

How to apply

(NB: If you have already applied as part of the adults programme, there is no need to reapply in full but please send a covering letter explaining any differences in your approach to bringing your art-form and programme of activity to 13-16 year olds at The Forge and potentially at Worcester Community Centres).
Please send a CV and a letter of no more than two sides of A4. The letter needs to outline your experience and suitability in relation to the following criteria:


  • High quality arts activity.
  • Experience of working in an arts context successfully with young people who are at risk of offending or who have offended, or with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
  • Empathy, tolerance, tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience of running arts activities to an agreed series of outcomes.
  • Understanding of safeguarding procedures.
  • Ability to evaluate social based outcomes.
  • Provide an outline of your programme of arts activity, including how it will contribute to the ‘overall outcomes’ above and how the learning may be embedded.


  • A background – not necessarily in the arts – of working with vulnerable or disadvantaged young people or young people with mental health conditions, eg: working in social care.

Please send applications to:
Steve Wilson
County Arts Officer
Worcestershire County Council
Email: [email protected]


4pm on Friday 25th August 2017
Shortlisted artists will then be asked to attend an interview w/c 4th or w/c 11th September. This will involve you providing a 20 minute taster session, followed by questions from project partners.


Tender issued: By Monday 31st July 2017
Closing date for submissions: Friday 25th August 2017 at 4pm
Interview date: Between 8th and 22nd September
Artists selected: By 25th September
Artist training (evaluation and safeguarding): Expected between 28th September and 6th October
Arts programme: October 2017 – February 2018
Post-programme evaluation: March 2018

If you have any enquiries, please email Debbie Birch, IFTTA Project manager on [email protected]


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