Young people recognised for artistic achievement

Young people from across the borough have been developing their arts skills and experience in coordination with St Helens Council’s Library Services.

The young people have been working through a unique range of qualifications called Arts Award, which supports under-25s to grow as artists and inspires them to access the wider arts world.

Each was presented with a nationally recognised Arts Award Bronze
certificate at Thatto Heath Library, enabling them to progress through the
award’s five levels – four of which are on the Qualifications and Credit
Framework (QCF) – and into further education and employment.

To achieve the award, they had to take part in an arts activity they
enjoyed, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share
their skills with others. The group has also been volunteering with Library
Services, working alongside staff on creative events and activities,
including the Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries programme.

Selected members of library staff take on the role of Arts Award advisors,
supporting the young people through the award. The young people had to plan their work with their adviser and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Having succeeded at Bronze level, the group is now working toward Silver awards.

Natalie, aged 17, recently achieved her Bronze award. She said: “I have
found the Arts Award to be a really rewarding experience through developing my own skills, sharing these with others and building my confidence. I would recommend the Arts Award to my friends!”

Councillor Jeanie Bell, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public
Health and Wellbeing, said: “Library Services are providing great
opportunities for young people of St Helens to develop their skills and
improve their prospects. The Arts Award is free to access, so I’d encourage anyone with an artistic streak who is thinking about pursuing a career in the arts to get in touch. Since they’re recognised nationally, the
certificates make a great addition to your CV.”

If you would like the opportunity to take part in Arts Award in Libraries,
please contact Kathryn Boothroyd on 01744 677486 or via
kathrynboothroyd@sthelens.gov.uk.