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CREATIVE EXPRESS is the part of The Junction that focuses on the use of creativity to support the health and wellbeing of local young people; The Creative Express service includes one-to-ones, groupwork and outreach.
It creates emotionally safe spaces where young people can creatively express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in relation to their own and others health and wellbeing. It does this through the use of various mediums: poetry, painting, collage, creative writing, etc…
Themes for exploration are negotiated in consultation with young people, as is which creative art form might be used to explore them.
It also allows The Junction to explore various creative therapies…
…such as Bibliotherapy, Art Therapy and Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes…
…and to create bespoke projects and programmes in response to young peoples interests…
…whilst promoting our organisation and meeting ‘new’ young people who may not have previously considered accessing The Junction.
Previous outreach has included sessions at The Citadel Youth Centre, Pilton Youth & Children Project, Leith Library and in local secondary schools.
Previous projects include:
*a series of ‘Creative Canvases’ sessions held at The Junction, were young people produced pieces for The Junction walls, and some for taking home
*Write To Express’ a series of bespoke writing workshops
*’Creating Characters, Cartooning Emotions’ workshops with a local artist learning how to create cartoon characters, whilst exploring how we demonstrate emotions
*Film-making projects in partnership with Screen Education Edinburgh
*’Creative Hours’ blocks of weekly sessions where young people used the space to work creatively and flex their self-care ‘muscles’
Taking part in Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, with our What’s Your Story project and performance, is another great example of the types of projects Creative Express develops and delivers.
Check out our page dedicated to it here:
If you want to learn more you can contact
April-Wendy our Creative Express Worker:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07526204317