How your support helps light up lives in Inverclyde

At the Beacon Arts Centre we believe that everyone should have fair and equitable access to the arts. We aim to remove barriers around disability, age, health and wellbeing and socio-economic deprivation to minimise disadvantage by encouraging participation for all. Therefore, we are committed to embedding outreach and creative learning across our activities, with the aim of reaching as many people in Invercyde and beyond as possible.

In 2020, we have committed to a number of projects under the following goals headings:

Realising potential

Children and young people will regularly engage with the arts via Beacon Arts Centre and be inspired by the benefits this has in terms of their personal development and educational attainment.  

Children and young people attend Beacon Youth Theatre each week during school term to develop creativity skills.

Work placement opportunities are offered to local school pupils interested in pursuing a career in the arts. 

Children and young people participate in creative projects delivered by the Beacon Arts Centre via nurseries, schools, libraries and community centres, including the Green Arts Initiative Beanstalk Project.

Strengthening communities

Beacon Arts Centre will develop as a community resource and asset for present and future generations.

Beacon Arts Centre contributes to at least one national arts festival each year, offering related participation opportunities to local people. This year, the Beacon is participating in the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

People from Inverclyde contribute to monthly meetings of the Beacon’s newly launched Community Ambassador group. This is an initiative connecting the Beacon Arts Centre with the local community. 

Complimentary tickets are offered to targeted children and young people via the Beacon’s Open Ticket scheme and distributed via Inverclyde’s Attainment Challenge team.

Care & wellbeing

Those suffering long-term health conditions or disability will feel less isolated by becoming more engaged in their community via arts participation projects. 

The Beacon offers monthly Social Dances in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, and twice-monthly Dementia Cafés in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

Children and young people with physical disabilities and/or autism participate in the Beacon’s aerial dance project ‘Creatability’ in partnership with Barnardo’s Scotland. 

Local people with Parkinson’s disease participate in weekly dance classes through the Beacon’s Dance for Parkinson’s in partnership with Scottish Ballet.

Pictured left: Dementia Friendly Social Dance

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