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Space to create

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Children + creativity + CONNECTIONS = wellbeing

Since 2017, we have been running after-school clubs in both primary and secondary (previously named Telling Your Story) schools across East Sussex.


Our clubs provide a creative and relaxed space designed to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. We work closely with schools to identify those who would most benefit from these sessions.

Space to Create consists of a series of 8 weekly 2 hour sessions, led by two creatives with experience and expertise in working with children and young people.

Where possible we use outdoor spaces with activities ranging from arts and crafts to music and drama. Key to our approach is using creativity as a catalyst for conversation, breaking down barriers, allowing participants to explore thoughts and feelings in a safe supported space.

Our approach validates a wide range of emotions, removing the stigma often associated with poor mental health and creating new opportunities and tools for self reflection and advocacy.

“I REALLY liked circle time, I could share what I felt and it really helped me. When I talk it makes me not worry so much and not be upset.”
[Space to Create Participant]

children doing crafts in after school club, they are using recycled materials to make musical instruments
Young people creating art on canvas bags

SPACE TO CREATE out of school


Since Easter 2021 we have been delivering Space to Create Holiday Clubs across East Sussex for children and young people on free school meals or with additional needs, as part of the National Holiday and Food programme.

Click here for more about our holiday activities

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child making gift labels using collage techniques
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Space to Create is currently supported by BBC Children in Need, with additional funds from Hastings Opportunity Area.

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