South East Hampshire Community Outlook (SEHCO) is a small charity formed by social housing residents, with the support of First Wessex Housing, in 2005.
Now working independently, SEHCO manage 3 community centres throughout the South East, a community art studio ‘Unit3’ in Fareham, and a Big Lottery Funded Project ‘Step Forward’, providing free creative & sporting activities to young people, aged 10-18, in Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham.
Cre8 is the creative branch of Step Forward, and is based within the Unit3 studio, in Fareham.
Having secured 5years Big Lottery funding;
every Wednesday there will be two sessions, age groups (10-14) and (15-18).
To begin with; the Step Forward staff and Unit3 artists’ will facilitate the sessions.
The initial work will be to form a steering group of young people to consult with their peers and inform the overall design;
we intend on building a strong relationship with Fareham Academy, Fareham College and other youth provision, such as Motiv8 and YServices.
The aim is to empower the young people to take control of the Cre8 project to drive it into the future & beyond!
Tanya Judd, the activities coordinator for the Step Forward project, a qualified youth worker, with an MA in Fine Art, manages the studio and supporting artists’.
She has been formulating a plan to ensure the space is fully utilised.
With a vision for making opportunities for a wider age range, and for the benefit of the broader community.
“The overall aim is to build stronger communities and neighbourhoods.
To provide fun and creative activities and opportunities for locals, through which, they can build self-esteem and confidence; improve social skills and health and wellbeing, whilst also building on their technical and creative skills.
We hope to directly impact their employability and career options.
We believe artists’ are an important leverage point in that work;
skilled and experienced in turning life’s difficulties to positive and tangible outcomes;
artists can initiate a creative process from a multitude of starting points, and are well equipped at utilising limited resources in doing so.
Unit3’s mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and training they need, to turn their practice into engaging and creatively enthusing the community to actively participate in the art process.
To support communities and artists in a reciprocal relationship, where artists are key contributors to community issues and are visible and valued for the impact they create.”
In September 2016, two artists’, Keith Hopewell and Suzanne Carr, began a 3month voluntary placement; to test run the functionality of the space, to begin creatively working within the community, and plan for youth sessions to be held at the studio, toward Step Forward objectives.
The placement covered travel expenses, DBS checks, in-house training, opportunity to shadow Tanya in her work throughout the region; and support to create workshops for the Step Forward project.
The studio was also successful in an application for additional funding via The Partnership Trust, to support a documentary exhibition of work; ‘ACTIVATE’, 19/12/16.
With further funding, the vision for supporting artists’, via fair pay residencies:
To provide a bridge between artistic / creative practice into professional career;
Rent-free studio space;
To provide access to relevant community and youth focussed training;
Opportunities to engage with youth and the community / real work experience working towards targets;
Supervision / setting of, and support to achieve personal targets;
Support to manage budgets, evaluate work and record outcomes;
Support to write funding bids.
Region wide networking and opportunities to outreach and share work.