How We Do It Outcomes As well as improving and sustaining wellbeing; creating mentoring relationships; offering a creative development opportunity to those that may otherwise not have access to one and the potential for a powerful journey of self-reflection and personal growth there are many other ways BIRD can impact our young people. Working with BIRD will mean: A reason to be away from their immediate environment, lessening the chances of becoming involved in gang culture. Something to do instead of hanging out on the streets, reducing the chances of becoming involved in petty crime and anti-social behaviour. An interest that they may pursue in their spare time, again keeping them occupied and out of trouble. An alternative to alcohol and drugs in responding to pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, numbness or boredom. A safe and constructive way to express what they are feeling. Working with BIRD will help develop: Motivation. Determination. Patience. Concentration. Self-esteem/self-belief/self-respect. Respect for others. Confidence. Collaborative skills. Communication. A sense of 'connectedness' - to their true self and others. Relationships - peers & mentors. Language skills. Creative thinking. The skills to see a project through to completion. The time spent working with BIRD will also give our young artists: A portfolio of material to take pride in and ownership of and hopefully continue with. An interest and skill. An antidote for apathy. A safe place. A ready and caring ear. An older wiser trusted mentor. The impact of these outcomes should be clear to see: Improved wellbeing. Improved quality of life. Improved employability. Improved social contribution. If these sound worthwhile to you and you'd like to support us you can donate here. Thank you!