We run design led projects with young people with SEND in which they work on live design briefs for real professional clients.
At Creative Briefs we work with young people who may find the standard curriculum a challenge.
Our core team is made up of professional designers and qualified tutors, and as such we passionately believe in the power of creativity to increase life chances. We also believe that success for young people is not only about the examination results they achieve, but about developing important life skills that will help them succeed in all walks of life.
Because of this we have set up the Junior Design Factory, a working design studio run entirely by young people aged 8-15. At The Junior Design Factory we use design briefs from real clients & ask our young people to respond, giving them creative control in answering the brief. In doing this they are enabled to respond as creative minds & not as young people with a ‘learning difficulty’ label. This positive interaction introduces the creative sector to participants as an area in which they may excel.
We also work with schools and organisations to run design led projects across Hull, Yorkshire, and Northern Lincolnshire.
Anyone can get involved in our sessions but we work increasingly with young people who struggle with the standard curriculum, including those with dyslexia, ADD, autism and dyspraxia as well as temporary behavioural problems. Jason Bowers, our company co-founder and lead tutor has personal experience of the problems a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) can bring. His first-hand knowledge and lived experience benefits our members as they are able to relate to him and see how success can be achieved regardless of learning difficulties.
Our live design brief based projects help young people recognise and rejoice in their successes and learn from the processes involved in answering a design brief. We put these young people in a situation where they can build on their individual strengths, work on live projects, and share their successes through something which interests them. This approach has a positive impact on wider life skills and attributes including self-confidence, communication, team working, creative thinking and problem solving, all of which contribute significantly to their personal development and life chances.