Engage is our exciting project for unemployed young people in East London. We support these young people to deliver their own community project – and provide a mentor to help them plan their futures. Romie came up with the idea of face painting for children, which she now hopes to turn into a business ...
"I studied Art & Design at college, so for my project I wanted to do something which involved art and creativity. I really enjoy painting and doing media makeup so I thought to put the two together and do face painting for children which is fun and creative.
I delivered the pilot project at a church in Tower Hamlets where a group of home educated children come together to do group activities. When I arrived on the day, after the children had finished their activity, I started the face painting (which took about 10 minutes to paint a face). I hadn't really done much face painting before, so this was a good opportunity to practice designs. It was good to do something fun for the children and it was nice to see them enjoy the activity and this is why I would say my pilot project was successful.
I also became a bit more confident in my face painting so I attended a Sports Day in Leyton in East London and did a face-painting stall there. As part of the project, I then did my final face painting session at Stepney Greencoat school in Tower Hamlets as part of its school fun day.
The project helped me in different ways. While I was undertaking the formal training, during each session someone came in and talked about different areas of delivering a project like planning and costs. This really helped me because I'd never have thought about these tasks before I started with Engage.
Delivering my project has really encouraged me to want to start a face painting business for children's events, so I am glad I was involved. I already have some face-painting equipment, a banner and business cards so this gives me a good start.
I am currently looking for apprenticeships in childcare and I have also done a couple more face painting events for children's parties."
If you'd like to support young people like Romie to get into education, training or work, why not volunteer as a mentor on the Engage project? Take a look here.