Got an empty space which young people could use?

“We are looking for young adults aged 16-25 years old who are looking to find space. Do you know a break dancing group meeting in their parent’s garage, a young poet who doesn’t know how to get their work out there, a group of artists wanting to exhibit? Whatever the activity or passion we can support them to find their ideal space to realise their passion.” Luisa Golob, Chief Executive, Art in the Park

somewhereto_ is a new nationwide project inspired by the Olympics 2012. Regional coordinators, Art in the Park, say its aim is to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love, within sport, culture and the arts.

The project wants to encourage those in the community who have access to a ‘space’ – a hall or warehouse or perhaps something less obvious, like space on air or online – to use their space more creatively and help young people find somewhereto_ do what they love!

The result? The opening up of much-needed resources, lots of happy young people, thousands of inspiring success stories, and a lasting sporting and cultural legacy

Do you have a space?
Are you a space-holder? Or able to access space? somewhereto_ wants to hear from you. All space is welcome – brand new, in use, busy, empty, or derelict, as well as physical or virtual. As long as it’s safe and available, we’re interested.

Why get involved?
As well as the feel-good factor of helping young people do what they love, there are plenty of tangible benefits to giving space. You could avoid paying empty rates, raise the profile of your property in the market, generate positive PR for your business, and even create a springboard for local regeneration, breathing new life into your space and community. Plus, with a major partnership with Channel 4, and national marketing and events campaign in the run up to London 2012, somewhereto_ is going to be big news in the media and beyond. You could be a part of that story.

How’s it work?
First step is go to the website and register your interest, Art in the Park will then call you to get some further details. Information about the space, including a photo and availability will go on the website.

Young people will get in touch via the website or through Art in the Park requesting the type of space they need, to do the thing they love. Art in the Park will match the space with the young person and support the whole process to the safe delivery of the event or activity.

somewhereto_ is run by Livity, a social enterprise, in media partnership with Channel 4 Education. The project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.


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Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and founded the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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