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Carving Community / James Bond

Carving Community was founded by Devon based sculptor James Bond. Carving Community specialise in using carving, sculpture and creative outdoor activities to engage hard to reach and marginalised young people in positive activities. The Carving Community team is made up of a diverse group of
experienced and qualified practitioners who have worked with young people and adults for over twenty years each. Their backgrounds range from practicing artists, youth workers, creative arts therapists and outdoor education specialists who have worked locally, nationally and internationally around the themes of community, conflict and change. The team brings a rich experience of developing creative and participatory projects.

Carving Community's background and skills are in youth and community work, research and evaluation, community participation, urban regeneration, training and facilitation, and working with hard to reach communities. This expertise has been developed and enhanced in settings such as local authorities, Sure Start Local Programmes, Neighbourhood Renewal, New Deal for Communities programmes and Housing Association Landlords, as project workers, managers, volunteers and consultants.  The team have undertaken specific projects relating to community development and re integrating young people back into their social settings with a transformed identity.

The team works with young people, families, local residents and professionals who work with them. Their work embraces destructive and complex behaviours often expressed by young people from difficult backgrounds and encourages them to incorporate their feelings into a creative process rather than being harmful to themselves, others and environments.

Carving Community work in partnership with other organisations and practitioners to develop the potential of the young people they serve, and enhance the resources and skills of the adults who work with them.  Carving Community has been working in this way with young people and adults for twenty years and has a reputation and track record for high quality interventions, which have a positive impact on the lives of hard to reach young people.

Recent projects                                                                                                                                                
Dalehead  Peak District Residential, July 2010: Carving workshops with a group of young men from Belfast and Sheffield

‘Creative Carving .Tool or Weapon?’ March 2010-June 2011: Creative work with young people who have been recognised by the authorities for anti social behavior, in partnership with Exeter Safety Partnerships.

Slough Millfield S.E.N School: Creation of a sculpted meeting hut as a creative process with young men.  

Killerton National Trust October 2010: Sensory art installation and story telling week.