CashBack Highlands is a multi-layered, multi-artform progression programme for young people in the Highlands funded as part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities national portfolio.
Our ambition on joining the portfolio was to bring something truly unique, creative and inspiring to the young people who take part, and that has felt particularly relevant this year as services for young people have been reduced or put on hold in light of the pandemic. The programme is ambitious; we aim to work with 1600 young people between 2020 and 2023.
We have kicked off our programme with an introductory week of creative activities during the October holidays and we’ve followed this up with filming on outdoor activity days with Who Cares? Scotland where we have been kayaking and mountain biking, finding opportunities for everyone to connect during such a rollercoaster of a year. We have also commenced with our weekly Open Studio sessions which has young people referred to us via the Highland Council Transitions Team & Action for Children. We are working on photography and film making skills, with a focus on making a music video at Inverness Skate Park with Connor and Ryan who are both new to working with us….they said….
"The cameras are the best bit"
"Everyone here is nice"
We caught up with Ian Mackinnon of the The Placement Services Change Programme to find out about working with us at #CashbackHighlands. He said:
The process in working with the Cashback Highlands team from initial discussions through to completion of projects is delivered with precision, care and energy. The team truly inspire and capture the imaginative side of our young people who very much enjoy developing new skills. Communication from the team is always positive and they are continually seeking new ways to engage and progress our young people.
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