Once referred on to the Creative Alternatives programme you can take part in a series of creative workshops for up to maximum of 12 weekly sessions. At present we offer groups on two different days of the week that take place in St.Helens town centre*. We have a number of entry points for you to join up throughout the year so you be can added on to our waiting list until we have a place available. Our current workshop groups take place on:
Tuesday afternoons 1:30-3:30pm and Friday mornings from 10:30am-12:30pm
In spring 2018 we will also be running a men only group as well – if you are interested in joining this group just let us know.
Groups are led by professional artists trained in arts and wellbeing, who will support and guide you through a themed project using different creative techniques. The sessions also incorporate an element of creative mindfulness which can help you relax and focus on the creative process. You don’t need any previous experience; the programme is more about getting involved, exploring ideas and enjoying yourself.
Workshop activities may include:
- Creative writing
- Painting & drawing
There are up to 12 places available on each of the workshop groups and we ask that you make a commitment to attend every week. We aim to make the workshops a relaxing place where you will feel welcome and a time that’s just about you!
All workshops are free of charge and all materials are provided. Unfortunately we are not able to fund any additional expenses, such as travel or child care. We hope that Creative Alternatives can open up your world. We will share information about local events and services relating to arts and health and support you through every step of your involvement with us.
Note: Due to the closure of St.Helens Central library we are using alternative venues located in the town centre. The project team can give you the details of these when you make contact with them.
Cultural Hubs – Arts in LIbraries
Creative Alternatives is part of St. Helens Council’s Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries Programme. The Cultural Hubs is an Arts Council England funded programme offers a wide range of creative and artistic events and participatory activities that are available throughout the year and set about to animate St. Helens’ network of 13 libraries with performances, plays, gigs, workshops, courses, events, exhibitions and well… great stuff! For more information on the latest Cultural Hubs Programme, check out their website or follow us on Twitter @sthelensarts.
We have also compiled a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which may answers some of the questions you may have about our programmes in St. Helens.