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Helping young people find space to create

20 September 2016

In this blog we hear from Ben Colclough, Head of Marketing & Communications for somewhereto_, which helps young people achieve their career ambitions by providing access to free spaces to develop their creative and enterprising projects.

capturesomewhereto_ has been operating with the support of Big Lottery funding for four years, and in that time has found free space for 20,000 young people and engaged with 300,000!

It has been an amazing journey, with some amazing people. Like Amir, who went on to found Your Bike CIC, a social enterprise that turns young people at risk of offending into qualified bicycle mechanics. somewhereto_ found Amir a fantastic space for 12 months when he was setting up the company. He says, ‘The space they offered us was about 1700 square feet. They gave us a an incredible opportunity’. Your Bike has now moved to a permanent space and is fixing more bicycles and training more at risk young people than ever before.

Then there’s people like James, now co-owner of Mous Case, an innovation led company that strives to take the humble phone case and make it perfect. After winning a somewhereto_ startup competition, and receiving mentoring from somewhereto_ staff, James and his colleagues have secured funding, produced their first batch of products and are being stocked in Urban Outfitters and Amazon. James told us, ‘It might seem like a fun idea at the time to use your bedroom as an office but if your business is going to be a success you are setting yourself up for problems. A better idea is to call somewhereto_!’.

somewhereto-blogWe’ve also worked with artists and creatives like Abbie, a trained dancer from Scotland. Since accessing free space Abbie has set up her own dance studio, The Grit. The Grit aims to provide young dancers with the skills and experience they need to progress into professional dance careers. Abbie says ‘Holding performances at somewhereto_ venues enabled the project to hold an intimate sharing of work, giving people a chance to grasp their ambitions’.

It’s been our privilege to work with young people on projects that have had such an impact on their lives and their communities.

For more information, visit somewhereto.com 

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