A SERIES of events engaging with people aged 14 to 40 will culminate in a Langholm High Street event this Saturday.
The Upstart project is looking to engage with residents of Langholm in that age group.
It consists of a series of events every Saturday, with three brunches during March and the final event this weekend.
The brunches were held in the Old Post Office which was transformed to reflect a contemporary cafe space, fit for a coffee and a conversation.
The first two weeks focused on collecting opinions and identifying pockets of opportunity for Langholm.
This was achieved by engaging in a workshop activity for Langholm Academy alongside hosting the brunches.
These events were “incredibly fruitful”, with a great turnout at the final brunch event.
Last Saturday the Design Cafe was directed towards creating and discussing new ideas for Langholm.
By looking at previous projects from around the world, conversations were held to identify what aspects of each enterprise would aid in taking steps towards the collective vision from the Langholm audience.
This Saturday there is a fun scented candle-making workshop, held as part of the High Street Takeover.
The workshop will inspire activities and places which could be accessible in Langholm in the future and will provide a final, fun opportunity for people to engage with the project.
People can keep up to date with the project on Upstart Langholm’s Facebook page and sign up for the candle-making workshop at www.pidginperfect.com/upstart
The Takeover event will be hosted by OutPost Arts who will work with artists and organisations to deliver a vibrant family-friendly experience.
The event will be held in six High Street venues and there will be something for everyone on offer, including printmaking, historical costumes, window drawing, face-painting and free food, courtesy of Langholm chilli club.
The Upstart project is gathering the views of people of the relevant age group about the future of the town so they can be considered in planning its future.
The project has been commissioned by SURF (Scotland’s Urban Regeneration Forum) and is funded jointly by the Scottish government and Dumfries and Galloway Council.