We use the arts to give people who are marginalised a voice to help themselves as well as their wider community.


Street Cones was established by Hugh Young in 2014 while serving a sentence in HMP Barlinnie. After participating in a prison drama workshop he was inspired to explore ways the arts could be used to prevent offending behaviour. Charitable status was granted in 2015 (SC046250) and a board of trustees appointed.

Street Cones brings together professionals from the creative industries alongside individuals with lived experience. 

A variety of creative approaches are used to achieve our objectives.

Our mission statement:

Through learning from lived experience and constructing a path to change through the arts we achieve positive outcomes for individuals. We believe it’s not what you’ve done it’s what you can become.

Street Cones believe that the arts can be used to give people who are marginalized a voice to help themselves as well as the wider community. At our core we feel real stories can be used as a platform to change lives.

The organisation empowers individuals through the development of communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. We also give vulnerable people access to the arts as well as education, training and job opportunities. Street Cones engage in positive life enhancing creative activities as a route to learning and self-development.

Street Cones do not work in isolation and have a well-established history of building robust collaborations with others. Some of these are direct relationships while others come in the form of broader partnerships with multiple partners.

These organisations have recognised the importance of the work we do and the unique service provided in order to break down barriers and reach disengaged groups. 

Street Cones have established working partnerships with Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Police Scotland, Scottish Prison Service and many others.