Young cure their ills through art

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A passion for art has helped eight courageous teenagers who have been at risk of falling into a life of crime, desolation and despair to turn their lives around.

Nottinghamshire County Council hosted a celebration event to celebrate the achievements of the teenagers who have defied the odds and completed a Bronze Art Award programme involving the authority’s Targeted Support team and the Arts Council.

They included brave Chloe Jarvis, who was battling a living hell with frightening anxiety attacks and extreme anger before learning to manage her emotions and boost her self esteem and get back on her feet through the art award and education.

The successful teenagers have overcome some major challenges and were on the periphery of criminal activity, had been in trouble at school and within the community, and were living chaotic lifestyles before starting to work with the county council.

But they have shown great courage and resilience to secure a valuable qualification which will help in their future career aspirations.

The young people had their final art works on display and met with senior council officials and representatives from arts organisations involved in the scheme at a special presentation on Friday morning.

Coun Liz Plant, of the Children’s and Young People’s Services Committee, said: “Each of the young people whose achievements we will be celebrating are some of the most vulnerable and at risk young people in the county.”