New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
Since founder and CEO Martin Bright wrote the article that kick-started our work, the concept of a New Deal of the Mind has provided a mutually rewarding service in which creative organisations and businesses have directly benefitted from the creation of over 1000 sustainable jobs for young people.
As our work has evolved however, we’ve had to evolve with it, and now need a new way to better reflect the positive outcomes that we as New Deal of the Mind have helped to shape.
We are therefore evolving our brand to become known as The Creative Society with a mission to build and support the creative economy.
Look out for changes across our social media sites – coming very soon.
I was at a Goals employment training session for new recruits whom NDotM is funding, at the Notting Hill Mas Bands Association yesterday. There were about 20 young people there, all of whom had come through the JobCentre Plus and been unemployed for six months or longer. I guess most of them came from disadvantaged backgrounds; young people for whom the possibility of getting any employment was bleak, even before they could begin finding something that might give them a chance of doing what they wanted to do. The experience of listening to them talk about their aspirations, and the hurdles they faced, but which they were determined to overcome, just made it clear how important is the task of NDotM. It was pretty inspiring.
Sixteen previously unemployed young people from across east London are starting new jobs in theatre, dance, music, new media and creative education thanks to an innovative partnership between Stratford Circus, Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) and New Deal of the Mind (NDotM) working with cultural organisations Circus Media, East London Dance, Theatre Venture and Urban Development.
The new recruits include Maria DeLa Cruz, who hopes to be a teacher in the future. As an assistant to Stratford Circus’s Education programme, she is gaining valuable experience of working with young children, supporting the Saturday Creative Club for 2- 8 year olds.
Temi Suberu from Hackney is working as a Media Production Assistant in NewVIc’s creative arts department. Using skills gained during her degree in television production, Temi is filming and editing college events.
Anthony Sweeney, from Newham, studied dance at UEL and is now assisting the delivery of East London Dance’s Big Dance campaign which has performances and participation opportunities taking place all over London. (more…)