Monday, January 29, 2007
Falkirk, Scotland: Dawna Chisholm
Dawna, 33, says: ‘I became a member of the tenants and residents association and we ran a competition in local schools to find the best designs for themed murals. These were then painted by young people on three of the town’s underpasses.’
Falkirk Council awarded Dawna £4400 to fund the project.
She says: ‘We successfully diverted young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour by providing them with a way to express themselves creatively. Now they are proud of their achievements. The community as a whole feels positive and the council is planning to repeat this elsewhere. Young people want to see changes just as much as we do.’