Tommy Ollerenshaw

me I love great design and how that leads to better user experiences and I share my knowledge through community workshops and educational projects. I have now been working in the North West for over 10 years as a youth worker, workshop leader and designer, facilitating activities for all ages.

In 2002 Scribble was setup as a collaboration with Nick Walker to provide artists with a space to create and collaborate together, and has now grown into a design collective. With partners all over the UK, we produce flyers, posters, websites, vehicle graphics, animations, short films, logos and much more.

I started out as a mentor with Manchester’s Council for Community Relations and now work as a youth worker with many pupil referral units and youth centres in the region. Hired for mentoring, youth work and ICT skills alongside a teacher, filmmaker and network technician, I helped set up and run the LinkIT centre in Longsight. This was the first E-Learning Centre of its kind in the UK.

In 2005 I set up The Route in partnership with Jo Lane, which was a short film and animation project working with vulnerable young people and adults to help them tell their personal stories. Using stop motion animation or video The Route produced over 30 shorts that were showcased at local events.

Since 2009 I’ve been working regularly with Manchester Carers Forum, teaching basic computer skills to full-time carers so as to help them back to work, or just to keep them safe whilst on the Internet. I also works with local schools and colleges, facilitating projects as varying as computer game design and web development to photography and graffiti art.

Most recently I’ve been working with TiPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) facilitating the creation of documentary films, a book, a board game and a series of album covers with groups of 11 – 18 year olds, to showcase the work produced throughout the Summer Arts Colleges. I also work with CAN (Community Arts North West) on the Artists Do IT project, a project to help local artists to better understand and develop their use of social media, helping promote themselves and their artwork using design tools and free software.