A new project launched by Goodwin Development Trust, in Hull, has been deemed as life changing for young people, writes Danielle Hayes.
The trust launched the Create to Change project in May 2017, which encourages young people to work in the creative industry.
The project is an employment initiative targeting young people aged 16 to 29. It offers 51 people living in Hull paid work experience with small, creative local businesses for 12 weeks.
Kane Blythe, 22, who has started his placement as a gallery assistant at Queens Gallery Showcase and at Humber Street Gallery said he loves what he’s doing and it is what he wants to do in the future.
Mr Blythe and Thom Sheppard, 25, who is working as a marketing officer at Goodwin and as an artist development and merchandise worker at Warren Records, shared how they feel about being on the project:
The businesses on board with the project and offering individuals experience are Drunk Animal, The Warren, Thieving Harry’s, Larkin’s, Queens House, Pure Events, Humber Street Gallery, Brain Jar, West Hull FM, Dolly Day Dreams, Diony creative, Browse Magazine, Ambiente, Discs (bricworx), Drop point, Octivision Media and Simples Café.
Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, who set up the project said his idea came from Hull being the City of Culture 2017.
Mr Darnell said: “I knew there was a lot of activity and business growth within the city and I noticed there was a lot of interest from young people to get involved with the creativity”.
Rachel Foster from Goodwin Development Trust, who enrols businesses for the project said a huge amount of young individuals and businesses have already shown interest in being part of the project in the next 12 week period.
She said: “I think over the next few months it is going to really kick off because we did a jobs fair thing at Britannia House on Tuesday and we got absolutely loads of people interested in joining the course, more people than we can actually take on”.