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Creative Communities Project 2023

Swarthmore Education Centre has now launched ‘Creative Communities’, our new 2-year National Lottery funded project.

We are really excited to be out in the communities of South Leeds offering free creative workshops and promoting Pride in Place. 

Do you live in Belle Isle, Holbeck/Beeston, Hunslet or Middleton?

Come and join us, or volunteer on the project - find out more below. 

Starting in September 2023 we will be delivering 6-week blocks of free creative sessions in 4 communities in South Leeds (one day per week). 

These are Belle Isle, Middleton, Holbeck/Beeston and Hunslet.


Belle Isle
Sessions started on Wednesday 17th April.
9.30am - 1.30pm
Bitmo, Belle Isle TMO, Aberfield Gate. 

Holbeck/Beeston
Sessions started on Monday 15th April 2024.
10am - 2pm
St Luke's Church, Malvern Road.

Middleton
Sessions start on Monday 19th February 2024.
10am - 2pm
The Ark Family Centre, 80 Throstle Lane.

Hunslet
Sessions start on Wednesday 21st February 2024.
10am - 2pm
Involve Leeds, Whitfield Avenue.

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Come along and get creative!! You'll learn new skills, make friends and have fun.

All materials provided.

Everyone is welcome and no prior skills or experience are needed.

If you'd like to take part, click the Apply Now button below.

Take Part

Do you want to join us in a creative project in the area you live in?

Call for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to support the artists to run their workshops, including welcoming participants and supporting them to get involved, setting up and clearing down the space.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Welcoming participants to the workshops
  • Assisting the artists with setting up and clearing down the space
  • Supporting differently able participants to get involved in the workshops
  • Helping to create an inclusive, caring and friendly environment
  • Attending our volunteer training

If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator, Honor ([email protected]).

To register your interest in volunteering - please click the Apply Now button.

Below you can see examples of the fabulous work already created as part of the Creative Communities project.

Participants have said...

"I have learnt I am more creative than I thought and can't wait to try more at home and get my children learning them too."

"I really enjoyed learning something new"

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Creative Communities launch events:

Middleton Family Centre

Past Event - Middleton – Pride in Place Launch event

When: Saturday 21st October 2023, 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Middleton Family Centre, 256-262 Sissons Road, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 4JG

Hunslet Library and Hub

Past Event - Hunslet – Pride in Place Launch event

When: Saturday 28th October 2023, 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Hunslet Community Hub and Library, Waterloo Street, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 2NS

Belle isle

Past Event - Belle Isle – Pride in Place Launch event

When: Saturday 16th September 2023, 1.00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Cranmore and Raylands Community Centre, Cranmore Drive, Belle Isle, Leeds LS10 4AW

Holbeck church

Past Event - Holbeck – Pride in Place Launch event

When: Wednesday 13th September 2023, 3.30 pm – 6 pm

Where: Holbeck Working Men's Club, 3 Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9QX

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