Firefly offer theatre skills, film and youth arts activity for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years across West Lothian. We aim to deliver quality and equitable arts activity that builds confidence, aspiration, social and creative skills. We’re always pleased to meet new people, and actively seek new partnerships to generate greater arts opportunity for young people in Scotland.
SKILLING UP WEST LOTHIAN
The creative industries play a key role in Scotland’s economy, and Firefly run training and skills development each month for young people, staff, artists and volunteers. Topics include sound design, voice skills, health & safety, emergency First Aid, theatre lighting, physical theatre, dance/movement and autism awareness. We believe in skilling up every age group, and must be one of the few companies that have trained 7 year-olds to operate the lighting desk for older group’s performances.h.
Local youth, family and community organisations play a vital role in helping Firefly engage with children and young people who are socially, economically and geographically marginalised. Recent collaborative partners have included West Lothian College; The Craig Inn Centre; Helping Young People Engage/West Lothian; Knightsridge Adventure Project; Fauldhouse Community Development Association; WLC Arts Team; Armadale Youth Space; Sure Start; West Lothian Young Carers; West Lothian Autism Network; Boghall Drop-In Centre; West Lothian DASAT; Bathgate Chill Out Zone and West Lothian Library Services.
ARTS IN EDUCATION
Firefly regularly collaborate with schools and community oganisations on issue-based arts projects. This year’s smoking cessation film project, in partnership with Community Health Improvement and Falla Hill Primary School, has been a particular success – winning a UK Community Education Award, ASH Scotland’s Youth Tobacco Action Award, and a West Lothian Stellar award. Firefly have also run arts projects to explore bullying, alcohol mis-use, Fair Trade practice,sectarianism, climate challenge and team-work.
- Firefly work with an average of 300 children and young people each week for 50 weeks a year.
- Over the past 12 months we’ve delivered 933 workshops, performances, screenings & mentoring sessions.
- Over 9,000 children & young people participate in 3 or more Firefly sessions each year.
- Our workshop fees offer some of the most affordable after-school & holiday activity in West Lothian.
- Firefly’s full programme of workshops, projects and performance is run by 5 part-time staff, 11 freelance artists, 3 volunteers & 10 young trainees.
- Firefly Arts began its journey back in 1990 as West Lothian Youth Theatre. We’re delighted to have current volunteers, staff and Board members who were avid attenders of WLYT back in the day.