The North Lanarkshire Connections Project

2009 – 2013

“It has been a life saver for me. I feel like I deserve to be here now, when before I felt I was worthless”

Not everyone has family, friends or links to the wider community. Some people remain invisible, marginalised and excluded, or end up needing input from statutory services – involvement that could have been avoided with earlier, different approaches.

Through funding provided by the Big Lottery Fund, North Lanarkshire Council together with partner organisations Bazooka Arts, LEAF and Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire (VANL), delivered a 5 year project “The NL Connection” using participation in community arts, volunteering and a range of other community based opportunities to make sure that people were connected, and had the chance to make friends and explore local community life without the need for statutory service interventions.

Bazooka Arts’ participatory arts programme aimed to build positive mental health and wellbeing through arts participation. The project ensured the inclusion of adults affected by mental ill heath, disability and older age ill health.

To celebrate the conclusion of this major project, Bazooka Arts published a book “The Creative Connection”. This is available as a free PDF download. Download now

“It has been good to be able to let my inhibitions go and express myself, as years of pent up emotions had taken its toll”