As well as offering a creative development opportunity to those that may otherwise not have access to one. Our purpose is to help young people develop their interpersonal functioning, their self-esteem and improve their general well-being resulting in an improved quality of life.

Our young artists are developing creative skills, which can help them express feelings that unexpressed can have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing. They are also benefiting in other ways - our creative processes take commitment, motivation, patience, concentration, determination and creative thinking; all skills needed to see any project through to completion - the development of which can improve employability.

We believe our process is beneficial to any young person and to that end no one is excluded, however our energy and focus is mainly on identifying individuals in whom a creative talent intersects with personal difficulty and/or hardship. Our process can alleviate the suffering that isolation or lack of confidence and self esteem can bring about.

Our process can give relief and help to young people who have suffered Individual misfortune, by giving them a mentor who can become a trusted ear, and by giving them a safe environment in which they can express their thoughts and feelings without being censored or judged. The creative process can be hugely cathartic and therapeutic in recovering from misfortune.

It is our aim that each young person will work with us for a minimum period of 24 weeks. In that time each young person will achieve a portfolio of work they can be proud of.

24 weeks is the minimum amount of time we feel it takes to build a genuine relationship. 24 weeks is also the optimum amount of time for the measures that we have in place to ascertain the impact of our sessions. Our measures take the form of three established and proven short form questionnaires that measure changes in well-being, self-esteem and interpersonal functioning. You can see examples of these questionnaires here: well-beingself-esteem and interpersonal functioning.

In addition to expanding their inner world and growing our young artists as individuals there are many other things that working with BIRD will practically mean.

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, loneliness, numbness or boredom.
  • A safe and constructive way to express what they are feeling.

Working with BIRD will help develop:

  • Self-esteem/self-belief/self-respect.
  • Respect for others
  • Confidence.
  • Collaborative skills.
  • Communication.
  • An understanding of community and themselves in relation to those around them
  • 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.

The impact of these outcomes should be clear to see:

  • Improved employability.
  • Improved social contribution.
  • Improved wellbeing
  • Improved quality of life

If these sound worthwhile to you and you'd like to support us you can donate here. Thank you!