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Graffiti is on Offa

Monday 12th July 2010

Offa Road, in Bedford, has had a makeover thanks to a group of young people who have created 24 fantastic graffiti boards for the local community to enjoy, in attempt to make the area a ‘better place to live’.

 

The young artists were supported by Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association’s community development team, Bedford Borough Integrated Youth Support Service and the Community & Voluntary Service, who helped put in their funding bid to ‘Streetcred’, the Youth Opportunities Fund.

 

Following a successful bid, the group of ten individuals, were awarded £3,813 to create some the boards, which would then be displayed at the Offa Road’s multi-use games area.

The Streetcred panel were really impressed with the work that the Offa Road group had put into their community, with the artwork showing their talents and expertise.

The young people also undertook activities including planning, designing and shopping for the graffiti workshops. The sessions took place during both the October 2009 and February 2010 half-term holidays, the work reached completion in June this year.

Barry Huckle, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Leisure at Bedford Borough Council said: “These young people have really thrown themselves into this project so wholeheartedly. They had an idea, and they had passion, and this is what secured them the funding. Not only have these individuals actively sought projects to stop boredom setting in, they also helped improve their community area – it’s really inspiring.”

 

All ten participants are working towards an ASDAN activities award (60 hours project work) which is the equivalent of half a GCSE.

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