An innovative music and film project in Newton Stewart has achieved national recognition.

Cree Studio received a special commendation in the Scottish Social Services Councils’ Care Accolades 2013 in the category Working Better-Working Together.

The Newton Stewart project, based within the town’s Activity & Resource Centre, was recognised for its partnership working between Turning Point Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council’s adult learning disability day service.

Cree Studio provides learning and development opportunities in music and short film production for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and works with local schools, community organisations and the wider community to deliver a range of personalised projects for participants.

The final was held at Perth Concert Hall and a number of team attended the final, where the Cree Studio project was represented by:

Stuart McHarg (Studio participant), Supported in Newton Stewart

Dave Bleasdale, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland

Beth Bleasdale Manager, Activity & Resource Centre Social Work Services, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Paul Brown, music teacher and tutor Cree Studio

Paula Davies, Day Service Officer

Stuart McHarg said:

“I enjoyed showing the judges the photos and talking to them about our studio.  The whole experience gave me confidence, I just loved it all!  And I can’t wait to do more in the future. It was a great experience, I felt really happy to be asked to be part of the team, it was great fun.”

Dave Bleasdale, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland said:

“Although we did not win, we were delighted that our local project in Newton Stewart received a special commendation, putting Newton Stewart firmly on the map in leading the national self directed support and community integration agendas through partnership working. Cree Studio continues to grow and develop, and the team has returned with renewed commitment to further its work.”

Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland said:

“On behalf of everyone at Turning Point Scotland I’d like to congratulate the people behind Cree Studio for all their hard work and efforts; to reach the final is a great boost for the team. The work they do is truly inspiring. We are very proud of our partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council and this shows how working together can create some really innovative and exciting projects.”

Councillor Andy Ferguson is Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Social Work Services Committee.

He said, “Cree Studio is a shining example of how partnerships can work and how service users, providers and the local community can come together and produce something exciting and worthwhile.  It overturns perceptions of what people are capable of, given the opportunity – the sky’s the limit.”

Reaching the final of the Care Accolades is another major achievement for Cree Studio.

The project won ‘Best Involvement of Users and Carers’ category within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Recognising Excellence – Social Work Services Awards 2012 following the nomination from a social worker in the Council’s Personalisation Team.

It also won the Association of Social Care Communicators 2012 ‘Award for Best Social Media’ for its film ‘The Talents Within’.

For more information please contact Andy Dewar, Marketing & Communications Officer, Turning Point Scotland 0141 427 9425