Dream On!

Dream On is our major three year programme in which young people from across South Wales investigate the issues and problems that affect them and their communities and work together to make a real difference. Along the way, they learn key transferable skills and raise their aspirations and self-esteem.

Young people have told us about the issues that matter to them. They have told us they are concerned for the environment; they value equality and respect and want to tackle discrimination; they are worried about social and media pressures, the transition to adulthood, poverty and unemployment. We developed Dream On with young people so that they could find creative ways to address the issues that are important to them.

How does it work?

  • We run Inclusion Taster workshops to engage with hard to reach young people, build their confidence and aspirations and encourage participation in Dream On
  • 3 groups of young people each year work on a Community Action Project. Professional artists mentor young people to become creative investigators: using creative and artistic techniques to identify, investigate and interrogate issues that affect them and their communities and to develop creative ways they can make a difference.
  • Members of each group come together at a DreamSpace residential where they learn the skills they need to promote and deliver their projects
  • With the support of Mess Up The Mess and professional theatre makers, each group will shape and stage original multimedia presentations and peer education events at the launch of their Community Action Events.
  • At the end of the programme, we will develop the Ignite Youth Arts Action Project Toolkit, based on the experience of the Dream On project, and share it with youth groups across South Wales in a Dream On Roadshow.

We’re currently working with 3 groups of young people.

  • Neath Port Talbot Youth Council created an immersive exhibition Change Your Mind to challenge adults’ perceptions of teenagers issues and encourage young people to identify issues and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression in themselves and seek help.
  • Newport Young Carers are in the process of creating a large scale theatrical experience to recreate 24 hours in the life of a young carer to challenge teachers and other professionals that support young people to Walk In Our Shoes
  • Youth Cymru Trans*Form is a network of young people who identify as Transgender who have come together to raise awareness of the broad and specific issues that affect Transgender young people including how gender is reflected on monitoring forms as well as to campaign for the inclusion of Trans* issues within the school curriculum. They aim to do this through the creation of a film resource and lunch performance event.

Each group will produce a Community Action Project Event this Spring.

Funded by Big Lottery Fund