BIRD is a one-to-one mentoring programme for 16-25 year olds.

We use creative processes as a way to build genuine relationship with young adults.

We know from experience - increasingly supported by empirical evidence - that creative activity is good for well-being. It is also our fundamental belief that the creative process has the power to expand the ways we think and to grow our knowledge of ourselves and of our relationship to the world around us.

Our mentors' role is to endeavour to behave and operate in ways that reflect and demonstrate the four tenets, or concepts that give BIRD its name: Brilliance, Integrity, Relationship and Delight. Our goal as much as possible is to also use these ideas to stimulate thought and inspire creative output. 

As well as our belief in the inherent benefits of creativity to our well-being, we believe that the consideration and exploration of these four concepts has the capacity to grow us in ways that are beneficial and that will ultimately improve our wellbeing and our quality of life... at their heart they are about:

  • Acknowledging who you are (Brilliance)
  • Being true to who you are (Integrity)
  • Sharing who you are (Relationship)
  • Valuing and sustaining who you are. (Delight)

These four concepts are the bedrock tenets of BIRD. They determine:

  • How we approach and engage our Artists, and what we hope to demonstrate and communicate to them.
  • The hypotheses which, wherever possible, we explore through the creative process (below)
  • The way we operate individually and run our organisation.

The Tenets of BIRD.

When engaging creatively with these ideas, our tenets - our core concepts - can be posited as hypotheses to be explored, kicked around, embraced or rejected.


Every individual has an inherent brilliance - an essence or radiance - Not because of a particular ability, but simply because they are a person.


It is Integrity that gives us weight in the world. Without it we are like a feather blown around by circumstance.


We are all looking for authentic connection. It is the very thing we are made for.


The quality of life is proportional to the capacity for delight.

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