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Just like the Bob Dylan song goes, The Times They Are A Changin’.

In 2008 the world changed. Recession hit. Hard. Jobs and homes were lost. Hope fell by the way side for many.
Four years later and the future is still uncertain.

And yet over the past year, out of the doom and gloom, out of the endless news stories documenting the change in the world’s fortunes – something magical has happened.

An old school, built at the turn of the 20th Century and abandoned in 2009, has been transferred from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council into the hands of us, Saltburn Community and Arts Association – saving it from redevelopment.

We want to turn it into an arts centre every member of the community can use, and provide a space for local artisans to come together.

We hope something good can come out of the economic downturn. By taking control of the building we hope to create something wonderful without the help of the government, but with the help of the community, for the community.

The remit for the centre is three-fold – a space for sport, visual and performing arts, as well as a place to meet and chat.

We want both artists and those that have never picked up a paintbrush or donned a costume to come together under one roof and share their stories, learn from each other, and form a more solid ‘artistic community’ within the town.

To donate to the project click here.

*UPDATE 29/08/12*

Are you unemployed and need some work experience?

Are you retired and want to give something back to a community project?

Are you doing your Duke of Edinburgh Award and need a community service?

Do you work but would like something different to do on a weekend?

If this applies to you then we need your help!

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time at the school to date. We’ve come a long way in the past few months.

In order for us to continue this good work we need to recruit regular volunteers to come into the school and give your time.

Primarily, we need people to be able to man the office between the hours of 10am to 4pm each day of the week.

We also need people to offer practical and physical help with whatever job needs doing on the day, again 10am to 4pm.

We have split the shifts into 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm. However if you would like to do the full day then that would be great also.

If this is something you would like to do, please contact me, Tammy on 07957942266 or alternatively email press@saltburnschool.co.uk