Creative Youth

How can housing associations, local cultural partners and young people work together to address barriers to cultural engagement and broaden young people’s horizons?


Working together with three leading social housing providers (Hyde Group, Metropolitan Housing and London and Quadrant), Ovalhouse developed Creative Youth to address barriers to cultural participation for young people living in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Croydon.

Alongside considerable creative work with residents housed by these housing providers, the Ovalhouse team have utilised the £128,600 Challenge funding to establish a Young Associates programme. This programme trained nine 18-25 year olds in arts production and facilitation while connecting them to professionals in cultural industries and allowed them to gain meaningful work experience. These Young Associates support the weekly workshops, which means there are multiple levels of leadership and learning through the term.

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(Photo credit: Eddie Otchere for Ovalhouse)