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
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
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.