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2016/17: Community Focus

2016/17: Community Focus

Community Focus is a small charity founded in 1978, which aims to improve the lives of young people who are disadvantaged due to disability, mental health or special needs, by engaging in creative art.

The charity is based in Barnet, North London, where it helps youngsters develop life-changing skills using photography, music, drama, graphic design, drawing, painting, creative writing and digital art.

Global’s Make Some Noise will be supporting the charity’s ARTiculate project which works to address the needs of vulnerable 16-25 year olds with mental health issues through creative arts. There is a severe lack of services for this age group in Barnet, which means Community Focus’ work is so incredibly important. Otherwise, the support simply isn’t there.

When asked about the project, one of the young people who currently takes part said: ARTiculate benefits young people who get shunned and excluded from many youth spaces because of their mental health – we have the opportunity to be ourselves and learn and make friends and have fun all at the same time. People like us don’t fit in anywhere, but we do at ARTiculate.”

Find out more on the charity’s website.

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