A new therapeutic upcycling social enterprise funded by Awards for All, showcases work at Stormont

Life Changing Mentoring and Psychoeducational Counselling Services recently received a grant of £10,000 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All for Pop Up Art, an upcycling project. It is part of a recent grants roll-out of £743,207 to 95 groups across Northern Ireland. See full list of recent awards.

 The organisation provides counselling services and a variety of constructive activities in the Down area. They are using the £10,000 to engage clients in upcycling furniture to be sold in a pop up shop in Downpatrick, to increase confidence and inclusion.

The participants of Pop Up Art were invited to showcase their innovative collection in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings on Monday 23rd November 2015

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Pop Up Art is a new social enterprise that involves people from disadvantaged backgrounds in recycling, restoring and revamping discarded or donated pieces of furniture. The idea is to give them transferable work skills and a sense of purpose, to steer them away from substance misuse and crime.

The South Eastern Social Enterprise Hub team has provided mentoring support and a workspace unit which offers a space to produce and showcase products.

Ailish Teague, Director of Pop up Art said: “The main focus of the new social enterprise is to provide therapy for the volunteers through the craft of recovering and upcycling pieces of art or old furniture which are destined for landfill. During their time at the Pop Up Art Project in Downpatrick they learn craft, life and work skills, develop self-esteem, self-discipline and  develop the confidence to enable them to become life and job-ready.”



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