The Social Action Group, formed of young people who are keen to get involved in campaigns and community work, are running the project. They recently enlisted the help of Sam Giles, a local graffiti artist to update the outside of The Youth Centre. Sam had previously run graffiti workshops for young people at the centre and was keen to bring his spray paint in to help with this larger scale project. Sam is a self-taught graffiti artist and explained that his style is always changing, ‘everytime I do graffiti it looks different’. Well, we think he is pretty talented!
Ben Feasey (Lead Youth Worker and Coordinator) outlined why Sam’s contribution was so valuable;
‘It is important as a youth and community centre to be showcasing and promoting young, local artists. The graffiti also helps to create an image for the place that showcases what the centre stands for’
Sam worked alongside the youth group, social action group and Ben to develop the design before he painted it on the front of the centre. The finished product took 6 days to complete but the young people from the youth group are happy with the result.
One young man from the youth centre commented, ‘It makes the youth centre stand out and it looks fun and friendly’.
The Social Action Group were particularly excited, ‘It makes the centre look different and brightens it up. It’s colourful and funky which will help attract children to the youth groups’.
The Youth Centre is quickly becoming a hub for the whole community, with work that will benefit everyone. The Social Action group have big plans, such as building a community garden, where they can use the ingredients for cooking clubs in the centre. The centre hopes to become environmentally sustainable in the future with solar panels on their wish list. We will also be keeping our eye out for the float they plan on building for Sidmouth Carnival.