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Young people's graffiti art project at Grafham water
Grafham written in graffiti
The mural took six teenagers three days to complete.

A group of Cambridgeshire teenagers have graffitied a 148ft (45m) mural at Grafham Water near Huntingdon.

The six school leavers from Fenland met during Cambridgeshire County Council's UProject which trains youngsters who are not in employment or education.

The project gave the group the skills and encouragement to design and find funding for this artistic challenge.

The mural has been created in three days and brightens up part of the Grafham Water Centre.

Graffiti student
The wall tells the story of the Grafham Water Centre.

'Tells a story'

The 16 to 19 year-olds have called themselves Vibrant to describe their creative work.

The mural, on the back of a building, tells the story of Grafham Water. It includes the activities the centre offers, waves and wildlife.

At 45m, it is the width of a football pitch and a big challenge for this group.

Don't give up on yourself. If you want to achieve then just aim for that goal and go for it.
Dawn Carter, Connexions advisor

Not only did they paint it, with the help of a professional graffiti artist, they also planned it and bid for the £2,900 needed.

The group met through UProject run by the county council. It aims to give skills and confidence to teenagers who are not in employment, education or training.

The scheme has been running for eight years and has seen 182 youngsters with 90% going onto employment or education.

Women painting with spray cans
The group, called Vibrant, put their creative print on the building.

Sense of achievement

Melissa is one of the young people. She said, "It's like a sense of achievement because we've been able to do something."

Dawn Carter is from Connexions and supports this group. She said, "Most of them had low self-esteem, no confidence, problems at home. They've really worked as a team together, do things they find fun but also learn new skills."

Dawn added, "Graffiti is just one skill but, in that they're believing in themselves, that they can do something. They're really excited about having something on this wall that's going be here for a long time."

What is Dawn's main message? "Don't give up on yourself. If you want to achieve then just aim for that goal and go for it."





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