Our Vision

Siren is workshops and a festival organised for, and latterly by young people aiming to help them to formulate their vision for their future and their communities

We aim to show how our response in Suffolk can inspire those beyond

Climate, nature and youth are sounding an alarm we can’t ignore: the loss of a diverse and abundant natural world; future prospects for young people; species extinction; all are affecting our lives and time is running out.

We work together to:

  • Reach people of different backgrounds, values and generations
  • Combine science and the arts to create a language that impresses both head and heart
  • Restore a stronger connection with the natural world 
  • Give our communities the confidence to respond positively 
  • Create a platform to share knowledge, skills and passion with young people
  • Give them the tools and confidence to make positive and tangible change
  • Highlight the positive changes we wish to see from government and corporate organisations
  • Inspire, inform and enable discussions about the way we can each choose to live our lives

We aim to help young people, feeling anxious about their future, to find their voice by running workshops, working with local partners to help skill young people around self-confidence, film-making, public-speaking, event organising, photography, local democracy and more, bringing together creative people, scientists, environmental advocates, performers, trainers and mentors. 

The transferrable life skills learned can help young people, feeling anxious about their future, find their voice, strengthen their relationship with the natural world, and explore new ways of thinking and living for their communities - creating projects that will be showcased at the next Siren, an annual landmark arts and environment festival for our region.

Future festivals will be organised by, or with the support of, young people to celebrate the successes of the strategy/action plan and to periodically review the vision to ensure it reflects current views.

Siren will integrate with existing initiatives wherever possible to avoid duplication and to maximise available resources. Every effort will be made to promote Siren, and link, with other young people’s environmental & community initiatives, both within the UK and elsewhere via social media.

Vision

In three years time local young people and families will have the ability to influence the most important issues arising from our sea and vulnerable coastline, issues such as the changing climate, coastal erosion and plastic pollution. Young people will be equipped with knowledge, confidence, skills, tools and inspiration acquired through their involvement in a programme of high quality events, activities & workshops organised through Siren.  

Mission

To involve and inspire young people, and increase their confidence in tackling the issues of greatest concern and to give them organisational, project management and communication skills that will enable them to present their concerns to decision makers.

To recognise the importance of this part of Suffolk, its community and environment and to specifically work with grassroots organisations and groups to promote community cohesion.

To create events and workshops making use of digital, visual, experiential, interactive and kinaesthetic activities created by young people for the benefit of people all ages and a range of abilities. There will be working groups/think tanks of young people focussing on their key issues and planning for future events and the production of an annual arts and environment festival that showcases their outputs and concerns.