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!