Working with The Linking Network, the Schools Linking Programme in Walsall was launched in the autumn term of 2018. In 2019, numbers increased to 24 classes with 13 new schools joining the programme, engaging with over 650 pupils. The programme provides opportunities for young people to learn about faith, belief, culture and British Values, with Walsall for All staff providing additional guidance and support, as well as working with delivery partners such as Walsall FC and The New Art Gallery Walsall.
This project will enable local schools to employ rights-based approaches with young people. This has a demonstrable impact on integration in some schools as young people are included and feel respected. We are threading this offer to schools with other complimentary projects including School Linking and the Arts Project.
In partnership with Arts Connect, a high-quality arts and cultural programme is being delivered, with a focus on identity, culture and diversity through a range of immersive arts experiences for young people and their parents/carers, teachers and schools. A Development Manager has been appointed to drive the project locally. The programme was formally launched through an inter-school competition on 26th June 2019 at Forest Arts Centre. Click here for further details about the project.
Originally delivered by the National Youth Agency, “Your Voice Now” recognises young people’s potential as change makers and encourage them to develop social action projects. Kicsters have taken over this project and the opportunity continues to be open for any young people who would like to become Youth Ambassadors.
Walsall Creative Factory ran a number of activities at their community arts workshop in The Butts, including an Asian Elders drop in on Wednesdays, Geeks Art Club on Mondays (an integrated group supporting teenagers and young adults with learning disabilities) and Homeless and Vulnerable drop-ins on Fridays.