22 Oct 2013

Youngsters unveil graffiti mural at GreenSquare’s offices

Young people, who participated in Youth Action Wiltshire’s Project Inspire, visited GreenSquare in Chippenham recently (Monday, 21 October), to unveil a mural they’ve created.

The graffiti mural was created by young people aged 12-16 years old, as part of a project to engage them in creative arts. It took two days to make, with the help of a local graffiti artist, and is themed around celebrating cultural diversity in local communities.

The youngsters from Chippenham, Corsham and Calne all took part in Project Inspire, which is a personal development programme for GreenSquare residents aged 12-16 years old.  By taking part in the project young people can learn new skills, gain nationally recognised qualifications, become part of a team, and make new friends and have fun!

Sue Chapman, Community Involvement Officer at GreenSquare, said: “We were delighted to welcome some of the young people who contributed to the mural and hear about their experiences on the project. It looks fantastic and we’re thrilled to be able to proudly display it in our office for staff and visitors to see.”

Ryan Smith, aged 16, and Kieran Major, aged 15, were two of the Chippenham youngsters who participated in Project Inspire and helped to create the mural.  Ryan said: “I’m really pleased to see the mural hanging up. It was so much fun making it particularly learning about all the different design techniques like using spray cans. There was eight of us in total who helped to create the mural and we chose the theme of cultural diversity because we’d been learning about different cultures on the project, so it seemed like a good way to demonstrate what we had learnt.”

Kieran added: “I enjoyed being involved with Project Inspire over the last year so much that I have decided to carry on taking part for another year. It is a great way to learn and try new things and stops me from being bored at home!”

Cleo Evans, Youth Support Co-ordinator for Youth Action Wiltshire, commented: “The project is great for young people from different backgrounds to come together and really want to make a difference. It gives youngsters the chance to learn new skills and helps them on their way to becoming future young leaders. We hope to be able to continue to make the project a success.”

For more information about Project Inspire or if you know of any GreenSquare residents aged between 12 and 16 years old who would like to take part, please contact Cleo Evans on 07730812758 or email cleo@youthactionwiltshire.org.