Comics workshops with Mindroom

FREE creative comics club for neurodivergent young people aged 14-18 with experience of care/on the edges of care.

We are proud to be partnering with Mindroom for a series of creative summer workshops for young people to use creative arts to develop and explore their own ideas about their hopes and dreams for the future.

To qualify for a place on one of the workshops participants must fit all of the following 3 criteria:

· 14-18 years old
· Care experienced, or on the edges of care
· Neurodivergent (no diagnosis needed)

Doodle, draw and dream up your own world with the help of real-life comic artists, and see your creations brought to life in print!

Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th July
2.00-4.30pm each day

Out of the Blueprint
The Drill Hall
32-36 Dalmeny Street
Edinburgh EH6 8RG

RISO is an eco-friendly print process with a unique aesthetic. Invented in 80s Japan, RISO is now really popular with graphic designers, artists and illustrators.

In this series of workshops you will work within a small group with the help of a professional artist to design and then print your own collective comic-book.

The workshops have been fully funded by The Promise, and are free of charge to the young people attending.

To sign up for a place, please fill in the booking form below:

Some definitions from Mindroom:

“Care experienced”

Examples of circumstances where a child or young person can be care experienced include current or past experience of:
○ Having a compulsory supervision order, including whilst still living with one or both parents.
○ Being cared for by family members who aren’t their parents (kinship care). This can be a formal or an informal arrangement.
○ Having care in a different family, such as in a foster placement
○ Having care outwith a family, such as residential care (including residential schooling) or secure care.

“On the edges of care”

There is no formal definition of the edges of care so for the purposes of this service we interpret it as including a child or young person whose family has received additional support from the local authority or the third sector. This includes, but is not limited to, a child who has either current or past experience of
○ Being considered at risk of being taken into care, either voluntarily or through legal proceedings
○ Trauma
○ Adversity

Neurodiversity causes differences in individuals’ experiences and behaviours. Sometimes this creates a big enough difference to correspond with a label such as autism or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). 
If you experience a barrier to learning, you may be neurodivergent. Someone with autism, dyslexia, ADHD, developmental coordination disorder or Tourette syndrome could be described as neurodivergent. 

Our workshop is one of many great opportunities in Mindroom’s creative summer workshop programme – download the PDF below for full details.