CREATIVITY can help improve young people’s wellbeing and help them overcome loneliness and isolation.
That’s the message from youth arts charity, CREATE Paisley which is hosting its second one-day Open Mind Summit, on Friday, October 9.
The free online event will feature a keynote speaker, panel discussions and workshops, exploring the role of creativity and culture in improving the wellbeing of young people and children – especially with new challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
CREATE Paisley developed the Open Mind Summit in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure, Kibble Education and Care Centre and the University West of Scotland by bringing together young people, educators, artists, researchers, youth workers and funders.
Last year’s summit attracted attendances from all over the West of Scotland.
Alan Clark, founder of CREATE, said ‘Young people need our support more than ever before. During the last few months, we’ve heard of so many young people who have struggled with feelings of isolation, lack of hope or have had to face a lot of uncertainty. They’ve experienced a worldwide pandemic, ongoing climate crisis and confusion over exam results. This has impacted a lot of young people’s wellbeing.
“The Summit this year gives us a space to celebrate some of the amazing creative engagement over the last few months, how that’s brought young people together, as well as a space to look ahead and ensure young people’s voices are central to how we move forward.”
This year’s online Summit hosts a line up including keynote speaker, Steven McLeish, who is an internationally-known speaker and spoken word artist.
Steven will share his story and a message of hope with a focus of combating mental health and social issues, including dyslexia, depression and anxiety.
Panel sessions will cover various related topics from creative approaches to overcoming isolation to how children and young people’s voices are central to our changed world.
Other workshops will include Generation Scotland sharing their findings from their TeenCovidLife research and Malcolm Hamilton, creative director of Mufti Games leading a session on involving young people in decision making through playful consultation, evaluation and active citizenship.
Renfrewshire Leisure chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “The health and wellbeing of our young people is extremely important – especially in the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“This online summit will be a very useful tool and learning experience for both the organisations and groups who support young people with their mental health, but also young people themselves, giving them a better idea of how to deal with the issues they may face.
“Many creative minds will be coming together in this summit to explore young people’s wellbeing.”
The Open Mind Summit 2020 is funded by Renfrewshire Council and delivered in partnership with Renfrewshire Leisure and Create Paisley as part of Future Paisley. Future Paisley is radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activities and investments using the town’s unique and internationally significant cultural stories to transform its future.
Although the event is free, anyone interested should sign up to the Open Mind Summit in advance at http://www.openmindsummit.com/.