Art and creativity are essential resources for children to express themselves. Developing tools that will help and support them not only in the moment, but throughout their whole life.
As a child who needed art, as an adult who needs art, as a local authority social worker who works with children and families where the benefits of art provisions are so valuable. Children coming in to care who have not had the best start in life having something to make, something to open and develop their minds, something to express their traumas and see them from different angles. Something to build resilience. Something to harness their pain and their love. Something to find understanding within themselves. For me, and for many other children, young people, and adults, that something is art.
My art teacher did more for me than she will ever know. From a little old school in Wolverhampton.
As cities like Wolverhampton face more and more cuts over the coming years to its services at the same time as rising needs of its people, it is a vital time. A vital time for us all to pick our little square of the patchwork quilt of revolution and stitch stitch stitch. Focus the mind on your passion, whatever it is that drives you. As Wiley the godfather reminds us: TUNNEL VISION. Try not to get too caught up with the noise. Its important to be aware but keep stitching your square, dont take your eye off it too much. This is as much a reminder to myself as it is a reminder to you.
Ps im dyslexic do mind my grammer