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Create Paisley

Charity registered in Scotland SC043437

Create Paisley began in response to local young people looking for a safe, inspiring space. At the time, there were so many capable, creative young people. Create formed as a partnership between local churches, youth leaders and YWAM and set up a monthly open-mic night.

In May 2009, 40 young people showed up to our first event and every month more and more young people began to attend. As well as our open-mic night, Create began to offer creative workshops and gave spaces for young people to have their say and shape where Create would go.

In 2011, we changed our focus from running one big event every few weeks to supporting young people throughout the month. We wanted to be present in the lives of young people and meet them where they were at. So we moved to offering regular arts workshops, youth mentoring, a youth forum and a fortnightly open-mic drop in.

Create became a charity (SCIO) in October 2012 with the goal of increasing our support for young people and being able to offer more opportunities that fit our vision for a better Paisley.

Our vision is to see ‘young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice’

The values of Create Paisley are derived from a Christian worldview that is rooted in our understanding of who God is. They are at the core of who we are and what we do. They influence our actions and inform our decisions. As a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, we live out the following values together:

Creativity - People create things all the time. A creation can be as simple as a sentence or as complex as a skyscraper. We don’t just encourage people who feel creative but aim to tease out the creativity that is inside everyone. We want creativity to be more than a hobby, to be a core part of who we are.

Community - We all have worth and are made for meaningful relationships. At CREATE, we don’t want a group of isolated individuals but a community of diverse people who actively build bridges, work together and support, respect and inspire each other. We invest our energy, time, hope in each other, the people of Paisley and beyond.

Confidence - We’re made to have a purpose for our lives, to succeed, to feel confident in who we’re made to be, to live whole lives and have a hope for the future. We want to see young people and a wider community of confident people, living full lives and bringing hope to others.

Voice - Everyone has a voice. We all have something different to say and a different way to say it but every voice is important. We want everyone to find their voice, to be listened to and know that they can positively change things.


Current opportunities

Create Paisley is a youth arts charity with the goal of seeing young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice. Create are looking for volunteers to support their arts cafe nights. The cafe’s offer a free creative space for 12-21 year olds to express themselves through music or art and to connect with friends. Create was built by, and is sustained by volunteers. Create invests in volunteers, and provides opportunities to utilise their skills, as well as offering support and training to develop new ones. Main Duties: • To assist in set up and ensure the space is safe/welcoming • To assist with the running and delivery of the Create Cafe nights • To facilitate/participate in games, activities, and discussions with young people • To assist in clean-up and debrief after each cafe • To be vigilant to any safeguarding or health and safety concerns As well as looking for volunteers who are able to assist with the practical and safety elements of the cafes, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to take the lead in running different activities, such as arts and crafts, or music activities.

Please give a full description of your volunteering opportunity: Create Paisley is a youth arts charity with the goal of seeing young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice. Create are looking for volunteers to support their array of arts workshops that offer a a free creative space for 12-21 year olds to express themselves through music, art, filmmaking, photography and beyond. Create was built by, and is sustained by volunteers. Create invests in volunteers, and provides opportunities to utilise their skills, as well as offering support and training to develop new ones. Main Duties: ● To support the coordinator in running activities with young people/meet at the start of each workshop to discuss the session plan ● To assist the coordinator in preparation and setting-up of equipment/materials and clearing away at the end of the session ● To ensure the space is safe/welcoming ● To facilitate/participate in games, activities, and discussions with young people ● To be vigilant to any safeguarding or health and safety concerns ● To share any creative skills you may have - art, music, songwriting, photography, filmmaking etc ● To participate in any training as required ● To help build skills and confidence in young people ● To help young people use their skills to engage in their local community Young Creators sessions - co-design workshops with young people who plan and curate their own creative events (film festivals, writers groups, music gigs) - Weekly on Thursdays 530pm-830pm Couch & Canvas sessions - young people are encouraged to make art, collaborate and connect with friends, and overall develop their creativity. - Weekly on Mondays 4-630pm. We also have one-off events that will be curated by our Young Creators group, as well as training days for young people, and celebratory, team-building nights (bowling, laser-tag etc). These dates will be decided by the coordinator depending on the availability of voluntSkills ● Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive relationships with young people ● Creative skills are desired but not essential Attitudes ● Enthusiastic about the values and ethos of Create Paisley ● Enjoys the experience of working with young people and demonstrates an interest in supporting their personal development. ● Reliable and trustworthy ● Willing to take any identified training. Experience ● Experience of working with young people and as part of a team Create Paisley is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects all applicants to share this commitment. Because of the nature of the work this post is exempt from the provisions of Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. This means that you are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are 'spent' under provisions of the Act. In the event of employment, failure to disclose such convictions could lead to disciplinary action being taken. Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence and used solely in relation to this application. This position involves substantial access to children and young people and therefore a system of checking police records for possible criminal background may be implemented. Create will also carry out a PVG check on all volunteer applicants. eers.

Established in 2009, CREATE Paisley (CREATE) is an innovative youth project at the heart of Renfrewshire (Paisley) which seeks to see young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice. CREATE is founded upon a Christian ethos. The events and activities which CREATE run, are not evangelistic, but are underpinned by four of what we believe are God’s values in the world; creativity, community, confidence and voice. We currently have an exciting opportunity to recruit a Chairperson to join the Board of CREATE. We are looking for a gifted individual who has an interest in enriching the lives of young people in Paisley through partnering in our vision and values and offering their skills and experience to help the board lead the organisation in its growth and development. The Chairperson will have a strategic role to play in representing the vision and purpose of the organisation and will carry out the following responsibilities: 1. Provide organisational leadership 2. Ensure the board functions properly 3. Support and supervise senior staff 4. Represent the organisation Please see full description here: https://tinyurl.com/CreateChair