Create Paisley (CREATE) is an innovative youth arts project aiming to reduce loneliness and inequality. Since 2009, this impressive charity has provided young people with the opportunity to express their creativity in a safe and inspiring space. Their goal is to increase this support for young people, offering them more opportunities that fit in line with their vision to see ‘young people transformed through creativity, community, confidence and finding their voice’.
CREATE began in response to local young people looking for a safe, inspiring space. At the time, there were so many capable, creative young people. Initially forming as a partnership between local churches and youth leaders, a monthly open-mic night was set up. In 2012, CREATE was constituted as a charity and increased the offering to include regular arts workshops, youth mentoring, a youth forum and fortnightly drop-ins. Through a mix of programmes, young people are supported to develop skills, support networks and strength to succeed and fulfil their ambitions. CREATE now runs programme across 6 locations in Renfrewshire.