In 2018 we gained funding from the #iwill fund through Community Foundation for Lancashire and Two Ridings Community Foundation to develop the Dance Changemakers project in which young people from Lancashire and North Yorkshire participated in dance activity in their local area, took part in leadership and development training and led consultation sessions within their local community. Through consultation sessions the young people were able to identify key factors affecting young people in their community and the benefits of creative and artistic practice.
The young people took part in a mapping exercise to outline existing arts provision in their area and developed new project ideas in line with the needs of young people in their local community. Their project planning for new projects included geographical scoping, identifying potential participants, and outlining project timelines. This project also gave the young people shadowing opportunities to work with Professional Artists to experience artistic careers and learn more about creative practice as a tool to support young people’s development.
Gaining funding from two districts enabled young people to work with their peers from other areas across the wider region, especially from contrasting rural and urban settings, to share and experience dance activities and social engagement in differing areas.