We believe that true, meaningful creativity requires an authenticity and a willingness to explore one's own feelings and experiences and express them in ways that are honest.

Working closely with young adults then, in this often powerfully self-reflective creative process, provides a tremendously effective, organic way of developing relationship with them. It is only through this relationship that we are invited to contribute to their lives. It is the relationship that bestows the role of Mentor.

Creativity is also increasingly well documented as being inherently good, if not essential, for our wellbeing.

We perceive, being courageous enough to honestly share our experiences and communicate our authentic selves to the world, as being a hugely generous thing to do. As well as being cathartic for us and improving our own wellbeing it can encourage others, embolden others, comfort others and let others know they are not alone. This in turn connects us to the world around us and we believe that authentic connection is the very thing that we are all made for.

Application to a chosen creative process is also a discipline and develops important skills and attitudes for life: concentration, hard work, determination, patience, collaboration, and in some scenarios - taking direction and hearing constructive criticism etc.

BIRD has measures 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 across time in well-being, self-esteem and interpersonal functioning. You can see examples of these questionnaires here: Well-Being Self-Esteem.  Interpersonal Functioning 

How do we identify our young artists?