Funding to help local groups make a difference

Local Community Interest Company HertsCreation, were awarded £1000 from Watford Borough Council to help fund an innovative arts project for young people.

Published: Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

Encounter has worked with art and sculpture-making to explore the relationships between young people and emotional wellbeing. 16 of these sessions were held with young people from Francis Combe Academy and Signpost Counselling.

Along with empowering young people, Encounter has promoted discussion and collaboration between a variety of agencies working to improve young people’s emotional wellbeing.

The project has culminated in an exhibition of sculpture and drawing created by young people in Watford aged 14-19. The exhibition is available to view at Watford Museum until 31 October.

Applications are still open for community groups to apply for up to £2,000 from the council small grants fund to buy equipment, hold an event or launch an initiative. For more information, please contact one of our Commissioning Officers on tel: 01923 278319 or

Alex McIntyre, artist and co-director of HertsCreation, said: “The grant from Watford Borough Council, along with funding from Watford Community Housing Trust, Arts Council England and Frances Combe Academy, has helped us do something very positive for young people in Watford, which we hope will make a real difference to their emotional wellbeing – giving them space and an artistic outlet. “

Martin Heaney, Co-Director added, ‘We are very grateful to all our supporting funders, including Watford Borough Council’.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: “I want to encourage all local groups looking to make a real difference in their community to apply to the small grants fund.”

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