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Aberdeenshire Creative Change Collective Online Workshops

Last updated: 9th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Mental Health
  • Personal Development
  • Re-integration


Creative Change Collective empowers individuals through the development of communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. Involvement with Creative Change Collective also gives vulnerable people access to the arts as well as education, training and job opportunities. Creative Change Collective engage in positive life enhancing creative activities as a route to learning and self-development. Creative Change Collective offer bespoke workshops which identify a theme in advance (this can be any theme). All facilitators are creative professionals. Using story development, special guests and lived experience, participants are supported through deep explorations using fictional techniques. Types of themes that have been identified through groups involved in previous Creative Change Collective modules include community sentences, depression, self-esteem and addictions. Aberdeenshire Criminal Justice Social Work and Creative Change Collective have delivered 8 online modules since the project commenced in 2020. Previous participants have reported increased confidence, improved attitude, improved mental health and improved literacy.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Individuals with convictions for sexual and/or domestic abuse related offences are generally not considered suitable for referral to the Creative Change Collective online workshops. However, this can be considered on a case by case basis in discussion with Justice Social Work Team Managers, where appropriate.

Assessment/referral process:

  • Other, Social work

Anyone who is currently working with the Aberdeenshire Criminal Justice Social Work Service can be referred to Creative Change Collective. Referrals can also be made by the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership Drug and Alcohol Service. Due to the nature of the funding from the Scottish Government, the priority for referrals will be people who have a Community Payback Order with an Unpaid Work Requirement. Referral to Creative Change Collective is made via email from Criminal Justice Social Work / Drug and Alcohol Service case managers.

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Further Information:

Creative Change Collective: Using Creativity to Address Social Problems Across Scotland (