As part of the Regeneration Project, a joint initiative between PEEER Youth Service at Southampton Children’s Hospital and Theatre for Life which supports children and young people to engage with the arts, culture, advice and physical activity.

In Focus Education and Development CiC helped a group of young people learn more about photography and image making through a series of hybrid (recorded face to face and online) sessions. Over a set of six weekly workshops, the group developed their artistic skills and created some work that was linked to SoCo Music Project’s ‘Let’s Make an Album’ Regeneration workshops.

This Regeneration group have taken different areas of their life and captured everything that matters to them from a new perspective linking it to the lyrics from two songs. The exhibition is a ‘Life Scape’ of photography, empowering people to live their best life. All the images in this exhibition were created by listening to the songs and matching images that they feel represent the lyrics. They were then carefully curated into the set of images in you see on the two walls. To further the connection of photography and music the black lines represent a music ‘stave’ and the images form the notes of the music.

All the young people that took part in this project have been working towards their Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification from Trinity College London, supported by Arts Council England.

In Focus Education and Development are a local Community Interest Company that have been working with at-risk and vulnerable young people for over a decade. The SoCo Music Project Charity has been running music activities since 2008 and they believe everyone has the right to take part in music making, no matter what your ability, age, background or circumstances. Regeneration is part of the Thriving Community programme, which aims to strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally, enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services. The programme is enabling providers working in arts, culture and heritage, nature, physical activity and offering life advice and support to develop initiatives, learn and network, and build the evidence base for social prescribing.

Supported by the Thriving Communities Fund, made possible by; National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England, Historic England, Money & Pensions Scheme, Natural England, NHS Charities Together, Sport England and the Arts Award Access Fund.

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