The Foyle Foundation funded Community Outreach Coordinator post has enabled the Beacon to engage with secondary schools, our local ASN school and numerous third sector organisations across Inverclyde.  

A highlight of this work was our Creative Minds Community Arts Festival in May 2023. Following a consultation process to determine which artform each group would like to work in we carefully matched the groups with artists. The venue was an open space during the festival with community groups hosting workshops, plays, exhibitions, talks, events and more. All these activities were free and open to everyone. 

Groups involved included: 

Inverclyde Faith in Throughcare - I FiT – Inverclyde Faith in Throughcare ( 

Inverclyde Women Create - Beacon Arts - Inverclyde Women Create! ( 

Clyde Pride - Clyde Pride | LGBT Youth Scotland | LGBT Youth Scotland 

Your Voice Recovery Hub - Recovery — Your Voice 

Branchton Community Centre Senior Youth Club 

Dance for Parkinson’s 

Platinum Dance 

Beacon Youth Theatre and Inverclyde Youth Theatre (Kayos) 

Beacon Art Group 

Inverclyde Dementia Resource Centre 

Compassionate Inverclyde Friendship Hub 

Inverclyde Shed 


Inverclyde Community Development Trust Heritage Network and Magic Torch C.I.C. 

Katie Armstrong 

Creative Minds: Community Arts Festival

We were delighted to be shortlisted for a SURF Award in the Creative Regeneration Category and are already working on and looking forward to Creative Minds#2 in May 2024. 

I thought it was funny and real and great admiration for the players as they have come a long way in recovery to being on the stage performing with people watching them for their confidence and expression fantastic.’ – Audience Member 

I had a really fun colourful time.’ – Matthew aged 7.  

He had an absolute ball getting involved and being a part of it all. He loves to meet new people and it was great to be involved.’ – Paint party participant. 

Schools Engagement 

  • The Community Outreach Coordinator post has allowed for The Beacon’s Schools engagement to embed, with work experience opportunities being taken up by 8 pupils across 3 local schools.
  • Facilitating an Artist in Residence post within the local Additional Support Needs school.
  • Facilitating school's backstage tours with an Employability slant.
  • Planning a schools engagement programme for 2024 including drama workshops across all the local school and an open invitation to teachers to teach a class within the Beacon with additional support from us!

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