Ignite! is a Nottingham-based charity unleashing the unique creative spark in young people, from toddlers to twenties, equipping them for a rapidly-changing world. Our programmes provide a curiosity-first approach to disrupt traditional education, connect with people, and nurture the natural creativity within.
We are experts at creating joyful, safe, expressive environments, ideal for personal development and self-determination. We ignite moments of wonder and curiosity, and work to remove the perceived barriers between people.
We act as a bridge between young people, their communities, and professional sectors, bringing together fantastic combinations of people to inspire, widen perspectives, and break down barriers. Our work will always cross sectors and industries, because creativity is a critical skill everywhere.
We take pride in our Nottingham focus, but our work has international applications, most powerfully in communities where opportunities and future prospects are limited by poverty or disadvantage.
Time and time again we see young people light up as they engage with an activity that teaches them something about themselves, their interests and their skills.
We know that these opportunities for self-realisation are increasingly hard to come by; they are under-funded and under-valued, and we also know that mounting pressures on young people to ‘succeed’ push these exploratory experiences down the priority list.
That is why our vision is a world set up to provide young people with endless opportunities to flourish in their creativity, follow their curiosity, and ignite their futures.
We promote the creative development of young people because we believe that creativity underpins all disciplines and is a crucial skill to prepare for a rapidly-changing future.
Our four key values shape the way that we approach our work with young people.
1. Thriving in delight and surprise!
We are joyful and create spaces that are safe and expressive.
2. They pave the way!
We are led by our participants and we place no limit on outcomes for them.
3. No-one is left out!
We assess and remove barriers to engagement and success.
4. We nurture! We care!
We prioritise the protection, comfort and potential of all partners and young people.