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By Oyap Trust, Jul 7 2016 01:43PM

Arts, Wellbeing and Us

Posted on July 7, 2016 by oyaptrust | Leave a comment

Recently some the young people OYAP Trust work with took part in a film produced for the Artworks National Conference 2016 - Better Together. OYAP Trust’s director Helen Le Broqc was invited along to lead a workshop exploring the impact and power of the arts, in developing engagement, curiosity, fascination and resilience in young people.

The film was produced by young people working with Millstream Productions to film young people involved in the arts in meaning ful ways across England.

Well done to our inspiring director and all the young people who were brave enough to share their thoughts with the world!

Check out what they had to say about arts and well being here!

By Oyap Trust, Feb 10 2016 11:39AM

Self employment: a session with Juliet Brain, Artsmonkey

Juliet's session equipped us with some fundamental tools for life as a self-employed creative professional, such as how to correctly format an invoice, and a lovely hand-decorated notebook with helpful printouts to write them in.

The day began with defining the difference between a hobbyist and a professional by the level of training they are equipped with. A professional is able to competently navigate whatever situation they find themselves in, they are not just trained to make their work. As a group, we all wrote what training we have received so far on post-it notes and covered the wall with them. We then discussed how all of it was valid and useful, from ladder training to food hygiene to master's degrees, because you never know when you may be called upon to safely climb a ladder!

One of the richest activities was working in small groups to research a topic (work, registering for tax, intellectual property, safeguarding or brand names), before feeding back our findings to the wider group.


Juliet underlined that even though we are relatively new in our careers, we should always value our work and ensure it is valued by those we work for. It doesn't have to be in the form of financial payment, the experience of working on an interesting project can be priceless in itself and lead to paid work. If we are offered payment, we should ensure all the 'hidden' time such as time spent preparing is included in the contract. Young people can be taken advantage of with promises of exposure or experience, so it's always worth thinking critically about whether what they are offering is as valuable as what we are bringing.

Brand names

Brand names can be registered online via Registering your business with a trademark is important because:

•Your business can be prevented from expanding later without it.

•It can protect your business from people trading under the same name and damaging your reputation, and from other people later registering with your name and taking legal action to prevent you using it.

•It gives an implicit value and validates the history of your business - investors will look into whether or not you have a trademark.


Safeguarding means taking responsibility to equip yourself with the knowledge and awareness to prevent and navigate unsafe situations, and ensure as far as possible that those you are working with have a comfortable and safe experience. It means preparing yourself with any appropriate insurance, making yourself aware of what the procedures are in the event of an unsafe situation, knowing who is responsible, who to contact, and afterwards, who may be liable. Safeguarding is good practice for all workers, not just freelancers.

Intellectual property

You have intellectual copyright if you own, have bought, or have registered something. This only applies to the thing itself, such as an image or song, and cannot be extended to a concept or idea. For example, if someone directly used lyrics or a photograph without permission, it would be copyright theft, but if someone wrote a song or devised their own photography project about the same subject, it would not be. An exception is with design right, but proving design right is difficult and has traditionally been done by signing and dating your design then posting it to yourself in an unopened envelope. As media changes, so does the copyright law surrounding it - it's worth updating your knowledge every now and then.

Registering for tax

•As creative professionals, it's most likely that we need to register as a sole trader – meaning we run our own creative business as a self-employed individual, and can take on staff.

•Firstly, you need to contact the tax office and request your Unique Tax Reference number (UTR) - you can't submit a self-assessment without quoting it.

•You absolutely need to keep all records of business sales and expenses, i.e. all receipts and invoices. They are needed for self-assessment, as tax is only deductible from your profits (sales minus expenses).

•The deadline for submitting your tax self-assessment is 31st January each year.

•Capital gains - buying tools or equipment for the business which 'belong' to the business, such as a van for a delivery company, is more complicated. It raises the question of what happens to the tools if the business fail, so it's best to seek advice from an accountant.

The day finished with a series of consolidating activities to add to our toolbox for leading our own sessions, such as the semi-formal SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), and a less formal 'Head Heart Bag Bin' (what we learned, what we loved, what we'll take away, what we'll leave behind). We wrote postcards to ourselves in a year's time with something to remember from today - I'm looking forward to stumbling across mine!

By Oyap Trust, Jan 6 2016 11:38AM

Westbury Parish Council recently contacted OYAP Trust to discuss some ideas of bringing arts activities to their village. They wanted a fun, creative workshop for the young people in the village to get involved with.

We took the fantastic graffiti artist Jimmy, aka Kleiner Shames, to work with a group of 25 young people to create a sign to be displayed in the village.

Here is some feedback from the workshop:

"Everyone had an amazing and fun time and have created a beautiful mural which will be weather proofed and put on display somewhere in the village to celebrate their achievement and for the people of Westbury to see"

OYAP Trust run lots of fantastic projects and work with very talented artists, in a wide variety of art forms. If you have an idea for a project, or would like you work with us, get in touch!

By Oyap Trust, Oct 12 2015 11:33AM

Fragments ground-breaking arts project, run in partnership between OYAP Trust and Oxfordshire Family Mediation, designed to help young people across the country deal with the trauma of parental separation and divorce.

The young people working on this project decided they wanted to take action. Throughout a number of sessions in and out of school, groups of young people in Oxfordshire were supported and encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of parental separation and divorce. The project aimed to give the young people space to express themselves creatively, the outcomes of which were brought together to create an interactive resource that spoke from a young person’s perspective. There was also a chance for the young people involved to complete an Arts Award during their time working on the project.

The website is a fun, inventive and interactive way for young people to get support and advice on how to deal with these problems.

On Wednesday 23rd September, was officially launched at an event at The Studio on Crown Walk. An invited audience of family and friends, as well as BBC Oxfordshire, came together to celebrate all the hard work that has been put into this website. A number of the young people who created the website also spoke about the project on BBC Oxfordshire’s morning radio show and on the local news.

The young people have since been busy publicizing their website by sending out press releases, being interviewed for radio and newspapers and using social media.

For more information or to support the project please call 01869 602560 or email

By Oyap Trust, Sep 2 2015 12:07PM


We are looking for emerging artists and creative project managers to participate in Stepping Up: The Next Creative Generation. Since launching the project in 2010, we have delivered five years of Stepping Up, and with the support of Arts Council England, this year, will be delivering our sixth in Oxfordshire.

Stepping Up is an intensive programme of training, mentoring, learning, project development and leadership which will culminate in the delivery of your own youth arts project.

The programme has a fantastic success rate of supporting graduates into full time employment and freelance work.

OYAP are looking for, and will be supporting, the cultural leaders of tomorrow. In partnerships with cultural organisations from across Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes. The programme will run from November 2015 – August 2016. The commitment during this time will be 1 day a week, Tuesdays predominantly based in Bicester.

For more information about the programme and details of how to apply please take a look at our Young Leaders. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 6th October 2015.


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