New Creative Arts Project for Parents

Arts organisation Skippko has been awarded Big Lottery funding to work with parents and families in Leeds using creative arts techniques and group work to help build confidence and self-esteem.

'Watch This Space' will enable parents to learn new skills, make friends and build confidence and self-esteem in a supported group.  The project aims to engage parents who find traditional courses too threatening and who would benefit by taking part in creative sessions that will develop people as individuals in a relaxed and fun way.  The project also includes, trips, exhibition events and signposting and progression opportunities.

Skippko has a good track record of engaging parents who might find traditional courses too threatening and who may have had poor experiences of education and learning.  Through our group work process we can support parents to become more confident and to enjoy learning together. 

The aims/outcomes for the project are:
  • Parents will have increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Parents will improve their life skills, including social, decision-making, team work, communication, negotiation and creative skills.
  • Parents will have higher aspirations and will feel more able to take up further personal development and learning opportunities beyond their involvement in the project.

Who can take part

The project is targeted at parents with low confidence or self esteem, mental health issues, low levels of skills or qualifications in the following areas: LS8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.  Gipton, Harehills, Halton Moor, Osmondthorpe, Burmantofts, Richmond Hill, Seacroft, Beeston, Middleton, Hunslet, Belle Isle, Holbeck, Armley, Farnley, Wortley, Bramley.  

Places are limited so please contact Skippko as soon as possible if you are interested in finding out more.  The programme is fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund, however, Skippko does require any partner organisation to provide a venue and support staff time.

More information

To find out more please contact Cath Brooke, Project Manager at Skippko on 0113 234 5355 or email