About us; Creative Briefs
At Creative Briefs we work with young people with specific learning difficulties who may find the standard curriculum a challenge. The term ‘Learning Difficulties’ is broad, but can include dyslexia, ADD, autism, and dyspraxia as well as temporary behavioural problems. Youngsters with these life challenges are not always given the opportunity to build and develop the creative skills they naturally excel at.
Our core team is made up of professional designers and qualified tutors, and as such we passionately believe in the power of creativity to increase life chances. We also believe that success for young people is not only about the examination results they achieve, but about developing important life skills that will help them succeed in all walks of life.
We use professional design briefs from real clients and ask the young people we work with to respond, allowing our participants to take creative control in answering the brief. In doing this participants are enabled to respond as creative minds, not as young people with learning difficulties. The positive interaction introduces the creative sector to participants as an area in which they may excel.
Why our work is needed
We work with young people in Hull, The East Riding, and North Lincolnshire. This area is amongst the most disadvantaged areas of the UK with a multi-generational unemployment problem.
40% of unemployed individuals are dyslexic and a significant percentage of the prison population are dyslexic.
The creative sector is the UK's largest growing sector and our belief that this is a sector in which these young people can excel is endorsed by the Special Educational Needs (SEN) support workers with whom we have worked.
Our existing work with these participants addresses 3 areas that can be a significant factor in breaking patterns of behaviour:
Young people with SPECIFIC learning difficulties are creatively inclined, but this is not always recognized and nurtured at school.
Creative projects such as ours help to build their confidence by working with the skills they have a natural flare for.
Communication skills are often an area of limited development for these young people.
Experience shows that our methods have a positive impact in this by giving children time and allowing them to build confidence in their skills. This is particularly relevant in our work with City Healthcare Partnership where participants whose verbal communication was almost non-existent in week 1 were out promoting/selling their work by week 6.
Young people with SPECIFIC learning difficulties are 5 times more likely to be unemployed as adults.
Evidence shows that early interventions can have a positive impact on future opportunities. Our projects are designed to develop the life skills that employers value the most, and which these young people often excel at, given the opportunity.
Our work with young people with specific learning difficulties has shown us, first hand, how having these problems can cause anxiety, anger, low self-esteem & depression, which often manifests itself at home, after hiding their difficulties throughout the school day. This is often due to the increased pressure to do well and live up to perceived expectations. Feelings of inferiority develop when young, and during puberty it becomes challenging to break down this feeling and help the child develop a positive self–image. Our creative projects are specifically designed to benefit these young people by helping them develop important life skills which they can use through their education and into their eventual career path.
These life skills are valuable in many ways. Local employers have told us that young people that they interview may have good qualifications, but that they lack the life skills that employers really want to see. These skills, such as being able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations, showing initiative, creativity and integrity are valuable across all industries. Our job is to introduce and nurture these important skills in young people through practical projects.
Supporting us only takes two ticks
Every £350 will cover the costs of a one day workshop with up to 30 participants.
In return you will get a shout out on twitter and facebook, your logo on our website, and an invitation to any of our future exhibitions or events.
You can also sponsor us £12 to cover the cost of 1 young person, and in return you'll get a shout out on twitter and facebook.
Send us a Brief
Want to support us in a different way? Send us a brief!
We are always looking for new briefs to set participants. If you have something that you need our design teams to take a look at for you, then drop us a message below and we'll get back to you.