We are delighted to announce that Action:Story's Tom won "The Jodie Wilkinson Inspirational Award" at Youth Focus North East #PoSBOs 2016.
The PoSBOs were set up in 2010 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people and projects across the North East of England at a time when "ASBOs" were attracting so much bad publicity. Tom won the Inspirational award because he had been passionate about improving the lives of children and young people using mental health services.
Tom worked on Action: Story! that uses participatory filmmaking to successfully involve service users in the co-production of public services. It was trialled with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
Funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the programme aimed to show that participatory arts and design offer a better way of improving the quality of life of marginalised young people by improving the public services they use.
The pilot CAMHS programme was a partnership between the North East Clinical Commissioning Group Alliance, Local Authority Commissioners (Newcastle and Gateshead), Helix Arts, participatory design organisation Roots and Wings, and social innovation experts The Young Foundation.
Helix Arts brokers collaborations between the public, voluntary and private sectors and talented artists to co-produce creative programmes.
Helix Arts participants say their confidence, motivation and skills increase, their health and well-being improve and fresh pathways to employability open up.
We are excited about forging brand new partnerships locally, nationally and internationally.
We’ve been a big part of the North East arts scene for nearly 35 years and continue to be an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
We are based in Newcastle’s Carliol Quarter; a flourishing hub for artists, digital entrepreneurs and charities.
We are a not for profit creative business.