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The majority of participants were not involved with any organisation or community group and this opportunity reduced their social exclusion, isolation and loneliness. Transport was provided and this enabled those who live rural to come along to the workshops.

The Project Co-Ordinator observed one of the participants experience - ‘One of our participants lost her husband to cancer prior to the programme beginning. She was her husband’s main carer for 2 years. Before he took sick he would have brought her wherever she wanted to go in the car as she was unable to drive. She is situated in a very rural location. Without this programme she would never have known of community transport. This programme gave her an outlet from the house. Introduced her to a new group of people and encouraged her to purchase a mobile phone in order to keep in contact with the new relationships she built.’

The Beam Creative Network has been awarded more than £190,000 of National Lottery funding from the Arts Council Northern Ireland. By creating and delivering bespoke and interactive learning experiences through the arts, they have engaged over 100,000 people in our programmes throughout the island of Ireland.

Using arts based mediums such as drama, story-telling, scriptwriting, animation, creative media, film production, photography, music, art and dance they have explored a wide range of social and life issues such as Anti-Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Anti-Social Behaviour, Anti-Racism, Cultural Identity / Diversity, Inclusion and many Environmental Issues.

Their mission is to “foster creativity and excellence through all mediums of the arts; provide programmes and activities that encourage awareness, participation, and appreciation of the arts and to encourage and promote communication, learning and personal development with all age groups.”

For more information about Young at HeART visit the website.

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