Rochford gets sprayed
Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Zak Rubertazzi (aged 15) spray painting
Teenagers were encouraged to pick up the ‘can’ and add colour to their local bowling club grounds, as part of an event organised by youth workers from Essex County Council. The activity day was a huge success with design ideas coming from local teens and 14 youngsters turning up on the day to make their mark on their community.
The young artists are amongst a number of groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.
Youth support worker and professional graffiti artist, Scott Irving, teamed up with the council to coordinate the design and help teach over a dozen teenagers to become the next generation’s answer to Banksy – the world famous British graffiti artist.
Scott, said: “I hope the design that the local teens created will be enjoyed by all. It gave all who took part the opportunity to showcase their talents and put their graffiti urges to good use.”
The teenagers also learnt the valuable difference between art and illegal graffiti which supports the Council’s initiative to reduce the number of anti-social acts on the district’s streets.
Hayley Mullender, professional youth worker from Essex County Council, said: “With the help of Sanctuary’s donation, we were able to engage with local teens and in return they will hopefully gain a sense of pride about their neighbourhood.”
The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.
The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.
For details on how to apply, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 334271 or email email@example.com.