Our activity-based mentoring groups are run in primary schools and help children to flourish. Assisted by our team of volunteer mentors, the children grow creatively by learning new art and design skills. The sessions also include group mentoring where we address topics such as identifying emotions, self-care, relating well to others, social media and how to manage money.
In the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Leeds, child poverty is highlighted as a root cause of poor health, education and employment outcomes for families. Average life expectancy is 12 years lower in the areas where we work compared to other parts of the city and the disability-free life expectancy can be up to 18 years lower. Without positive intervention, these invisible barriers can lead to many children leaving school with few or no qualifications. The children we work with are dealing with low self-esteem, underdeveloped social skills and a lack of belief in what they can achieve.
Our mentoring sessions are always lots of fun and are designed to boost confidence, improve focus and increase self-awareness. The high adult to child ratio means that each child can receive individual attention and encouragement from the mentors, many of whom are students in Leeds and bring huge amounts of enthusiasm and insight to the sessions.
Creators Club is an after-school club for whole families that provides a positive and safe space for children to enjoy arts and crafts activities whilst spending quality time with parents, carers and volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering for our activity-based mentoring or Creators Club you can read more here, or fill in this form to register your interest and we will be in touch with you shortly.
"My favourite session is making slime!" Haley
"I learned that you can do anything on your own!" Owen
"I have got better at art, baking, being more positive and I made more friends who I didn't know very well" Anaka
"My favourite session was making the carnival masks because the children could be creative and imaginative and parents could help where needed" Parent at Creators' Club
"My daughter absolutely loved the club and couldn't wait for it each week"
During Covid-19 we have been running virtual arts and crafts groups with the help of YouTube.
Every week, art packs were delivered to each family taking part, and videos were created to showcase all the brilliant work that was made.
Art and Soul
Art and Soul brings parents and carers together to share the joys and challenges of family life, whilst going on a creative journey. These groups have a focus on well-being and our aim is to create a welcoming and inclusive space where there is the opportunity to celebrate the positives of family life, share support and advice as well as uncover new strategies and ideas that are easy to take home.
Our groups run in schools and community centres. Sessions start with refreshments and a brief introduction to the craft activities, which include journaling, card-making, and decoupage and relate to the overall topic of the session. The focus on doing craft together makes the whole experience very accessible and group sizes are kept small to facilitate the sharing of struggles and solutions together. Parents and carers often tell us that they love the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the chance to have some time devoted to well-being.