Giving a voice to the young people of Teams Community Centre in Gateshead.
Teams Community Centre’s young women’s group, in Gateshead.
Its aim is to give a voice to young people about the areas where they live, using photography to provide a creative way to express their thoughts to local decision makers.
It is part of a wider Church Action on Poverty project with communities around the Tyne riverside.
Church Action on Poverty intend to coordinate an event where all the youth groups can come together to discuss next steps.
This project is a partnership between the Teams Community Centre’s young women’s group, Church Action on Poverty, Digital Voice for Communities and Gateshead Council.
The Teams group focussed on two aspects of life they would like to change. They felt their local park needs renovation as it is so run down, and they would like the routes that they walk and cycle along to feel safer – they are too dark and neglected, and don’t feel designed with young people in mind.
8 young women worked over three days in summer 2008.
200 copies of the comic were printed and a giant version presented to the community centre.
Screening, blogs etc.
The group learned a new way to communicate their messages and really enjoyed taking pictures and examining the issues in this creative way.
Church Action on Poverty and Gateshead Council funded Digital Voice to do the work.
Comic strips are a very versatile approach to storytelling – they develop storytelling skills and help with literacy and achieve fast results. They are enjoyable for all age groups and abilities – we strongly recommend this approach.