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.
Local youth, family and community organisations play a vital role in helping Firefly engage with children, young people and communities across West Lothian. Regular partners include West Lothian Council’s Arts Team, Regeneration, Youth and Education services, West Lothian Leisure, Knightsridge Adventure Project; Fauldhouse Community Development Association; West Lothian Young Carers; West Lothian Autism Network; Boghall Drop-In Project, West Lothian DASAT; Reconnect Regal Bathgate, Generation Arts, West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Services, Artlink Leylines, West Lothian College, Almondvale Country Park,
ARTS IN EDUCATION
Firefly run a wide range of school and community projects, providing fun and focussed arts activity to build confidence and group skills, explore themes and topics, share learning and achievement with others. All projects can be tailored to suit specific needs and topics, and are led by experienced drama and youth arts practitioners, with current disclosure and public liability insurance. We can also deliver teacher and youth worker CPD, tailored to specific requirements.
- 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.
- Pre Covid, Firefly worked with up to 250 children and young people each week for 50 weeks a year.
- Firefly was one of few arts organisations to run activity throughout the Covid pandemic, and delivered 161 online, postal, outdoor and indoor activity sessions for 616 children and young people between April 2020 and March 2021.
- Firefly workshops continue to offer some of the most affordable after-school & holiday activity in West Lothian. Many of our projects and events are project-funded and free to participants.