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Ignite Social: The Power of Creativity in Mentoring

13 July 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Every second Thursday of the month, we host a social meet-up with creative inspiration and an opportunity to connect and learn how we can support one another’s work. With a bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks, teas and coffees, relaxed music, socialising and the inspirational talks.

This month we will discuss the use of creativity and culture as a powerful tool in mentoring – providing creative pathways and expressive outlets for young people. We will hear both from mentors and from young people on the journeys they have taken and how creativity can change lives.

Sangita Mittra will introduce the evening and talk about her organisation NGDA, who have recently launched their Culture Shock project. This project will teach young people at risk of or having experienced honour abuse, county lines activities or racism, how to host and participate in local cultural events.


– Perry Blake – founder of the 21up Movement, a youth intervention programme designed to create opportunities and activities for young people. 21up aims to educate on the effects of drug misuse and youth violence, encouraging more conscious decision-making and promoting positive lifestyle choices. Activities are focused on helping young people get creative and express themselves, including studio sessions, creative writing classes, music production, podcasts and more.

– Group discussion with young people – who have engaged in mentoring and are striking out on their own creative paths. They will talk to us about their journeys, influences and inspiration, and may show us some things they have been working on. Names TBC.


Photography may be taken at the social to use for Ignite media – please email to let us know if you do not want your image used.

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Ignite – be part of a thriving creative community in Chelmsford

To stay in the loop on cultural events sign up to the Ignite Chelmsford mailing list – choosing Cultural Forum (Ignite Chelmsford) from the checklist. And follow us on Social media via Facebook and Instagram, or visit our webpage

If you work or volunteer in the creative sector – or aspire to – please consider:

  • Adding yourself to the Ignite member directory – where you can showcase what you are doing locally and see what others are doing.
  • Dropping into the next Ignite online collaborative hub meeting, Thursday 22nd June – to share what you are currently working on or thinking about, and to find chances to collaborate and share knowledge.


Image: NGDA


13 July 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Ignite Chelmsford