Rochford and Rayleigh youngsters embraced their inner Banksy for street art sessions aimed at nurturing respect and confidence.
Children transformed a plain wall at Megacentre in Rayleigh into a vibrant piece of graffiti art in a project run by Energised Art and funded by Sanctuary Housing.
Working together as a team, youngsters from Rayleigh and others from Rochford Garden Way Estate, designed a colourful, artistic version of the word Respect.
When asked what they had gained from taking part, comments included “respect”, “team work”, “making new friends” and “helping the community”.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary Housing’s resident involvement officer for Rochford, said: “By investing in fascinating community-led youth projects like this, we can help our young residents work together to gain confidence, skills and realise their ambitions.”
Creative groups like Energised Art can help change lives by supporting residents to grow their self-belief and emotional well-being while also connecting and learning through community arts and crafts.
Youth worker Lucy Ramsay said: “This project brought people together to not just teach them new skills and boost their confidence but also brighten up an ugly wall. The best thing was seeing volunteers taking part, who didn’t think they were artistic, work together to create something beautiful.”
Darcy Hamond, 11, added: “This project was amazing. I learned that I can express myself in lots of different ways. Before it was just a big grey wall but now it will put smiles on people’s faces.”
The project is supported by Sanctuary Housing’s Community Investment Fund, which supports projects that benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.