Arts and Young People 

Artlink Central and Schools

Artlink Central delivers a program of inclusive arts experiences across the Stirling Schools. The programmes works with young people with additional support needs, we deliver three specific programmes, social inclusions, arts and transition and creative leavers.  

A child or young person has additional support needs if they need extra support (compared with their classmates) to get the most out of school. This does not just mean doing well academically but also covers help with other aspects of being at school. For example, they might need support with developing confidence or help with extra-curricular activities.

Locally, there are 1,621 young people with additional support needs in primary and secondary schools and 156 in early years settings. There are also approximately 300 looked after young people. In 2012/13,182 young people with Additional Support Needs (11% of the total number) received input from Artlink Central; these young people were either in mainstream schools and required an enhanced transition to secondary or were educated in Stirling’s specialist schools and provisions.

Artlink Central and Young People within the NHS

Through our partnership with Forth Valley NHS, Artlink Central delivers and develops a range of participatory projects within NHS and community settings.  We have a strong relationship with Forth Valley NHS Royal Hospital working with the Women’s and Family unit running a range of projects from the maternity ward, to the children’s ward. 

Artlink Central and the Community

Artlink Central additionally supports a range of community based cultural provision for young people including to homeless young people in Stirling and Falkirk, within Scottish Prison Service and criminal justice social care settings and has a history of developing long term approaches to connecting young people with emotional/social behavioral issues in settings such as Falkirk Day Unit (now the Mariner Centre). 

Programme Highlights: 

The Hidden Ward Trail: Time to Shine Digital

Artlink Central were delighted to received funding from Creative Scotland to run a pilot programme in partnership with Lens on Legs ltd. 

The Hidden Ward Trail explored the possibilities of mobile digital technology to create new and intriguing temporary spaces within a clinical environment.  It aimed to address how digital technology, specifically animation, could be used in a children’s ward to reduce social isolation, support well-being and to offer young people the opportunity to transform a clinical environment into a creative and imaginative space.

The Hidden Ward Trail provided an opportunity to build a new collaboration between Artlink Central and Lens On Legs to realise ambitious digital arts outcomes in an acute healthcare setting

A report of our findings and processes during this project is available below.