Three groups of young people from the Sutton Youth Offending Team (YOT) participated in a series of Healthy Living Programmes.
Each group, over an 8 week period, explored important issues such as drugs, lifestyle, crime and sexual health, then expressed their thoughts, feelings, experiences and knowledge of these through street art.
The young people, supported by a professional artist Julian Phethean, have created nine original colourful, vibrant and thought-provoking pieces of street art that reflect pro-social, health and positive life images.
Their message/statement is aimed at encouraging other young people to live healthier lives.
The exhibition has been covered in the YJB news- please see the press page
Downview trainees display creative side
Young women at Downview Young Offender Institution (YOI) in Surrey have created artwork in a project to encourage them to
consider their own experiences, choices and the consequences of their actions. All aged 17, the young artists from the Josephine Butler Unit were a mixture of onremand and sentenced individuals. Supported by workers from Sutton Youth Offending Team (YOT) and local artist Julian Phethean, they also created written work.
Rachel Morris, YOT senior social worker at the unit, said: “They really impressed me with their level of enthusiasm and commitment to the project and all spoke really positively
about their achievement during planning meetings and contact with family.”
The pieces have been displayed at the
Josephine Butler Unit. Many of the pieces and accompanying written work have been shared with the home YOTs, to be displayed or used in direct work with other young people. In one case, a trainee also composed an exercise to accompany her artwork and written piece to be used in direct work with young
people in her home YOT.