One of the first things we did as a group was a Lino Printing Workshop, which got the young people to think about what they associated with work.
The majority of the prints created were of more traditional and labour orientated images, which we hoped during the project would be challenged as the young people learnt more about different types of work through the oral history project and museum visits. The project also encouraged the young people to think about their personal skills and interests, building up an idea of the kind of jobs they would enjoy progressing towards.
In August 2016 Annabel and the Project Squad organised a visit to the Beamish Museum which for many was their first visit to a heritage site.
This gave the young people an opportunity not only to learn about local history, but develop transferable communication and interpersonal skills as they came up with questions to ask the museum actors.
This visit also encouraged the participants to reflect on how employment has changed throughout history until today, and the barriers and opportunities that this change has brought.
When conducting the interviews the project squad noticed that many of the participants had met their partners at dances.
We decided that a ballroom dance would be a perfect way to honour the stories that they had shared and a great way to mark the end of the project. This was also an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and progress of the young participants.