Young Parents go online…

Since 2018 we’ve been working with the wonderful Talkshop to deliver creative projects with young parents in Trafford thanks to funding from Trafford Housing Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

Whilst we love meeting in person we’ve not let Covid stop the creativity and have been getting creative on zoom with ideas for sensory play at home and discussions around mental health as let’s be honest Covid has been a challenge for us all.

Uncooked rice is great for sensory play…
Put some in a balloon to make your own percussion!

We hope it’s not too long before we can be back doing session face to face but for now it’s been lovely seeing some new faces along with our regular young parents online.

New partnership project for 2020…

We’re teaming up with the RNCM who has received a grant of over £60,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a project celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of its founding institutions.

Established in 1920 by Hilda Collens and later steered by Ida Carroll, the Northern School of Music (NSM) trained generations of young musicians and music teachers before merging with the Royal Manchester College of Music in 1973 to form today’s RNCM.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, A 20/20 Legacy: the centenary of the Northern School of Music will tell the story of the school through free public events and workshops and an online archive sharing the memories, experiences, images and records of those who studied and taught there.

Heather Roberts, RNCM Archivist, said: ‘The Northern School of Music is such an integral part of our history, and we want to celebrate that as much as possible throughout its centenary year.’

The project, which received £62,800 in total, will feature a musical telling of some of the amazing stories uncovered, designed and delivered in collaboration with us enJOY arts, singer-songwriter Claire Mooney and the Herizons Creative Women’s Group.

To learn more and to see how you can get involved, email Heather  at or call 0161 907 5211.

Her Hidden Histories visit the People’s History Museum

Our Her Hidden Histories groups had a fantastic time visiting the People’s History Museum on Monday afternoon. Young women from Cedar Mount Academy and Newall Green High School came together for the first time in this phase of the project to gather inspiration for their upcoming performances at Victoria Baths in May. The performances will explore the role of everyday working women in the struggle for the vote and the groups came away buzzing with ideas!

Now we’re gearing up for more visits and creative workshops in the Easter Holidays: we’ll be heading to the Pankhurst Centre and the Working Class Movement Library as well as trying our hand at some music and dance. We can’t wait!

Gaskell: The Musical! – back by popular demand!

After a sell-out run during the Manchester Histories Festival 2016, Gaskell: The Musical! returns to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for one night only…

Women from Ardwick and the surrounding areas have worked together to devise songs and sketches inspired by the life, work and times of Elizabeth Gaskell. Now we want to share them with you in this musical promenade performance!


Thursday 22nd September 6:30pm


Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

84 Plymouth Grove

M13 9LW

How to book:

Click HERE to book tickets via the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House website.


Tales of Manchester Life Project Update

Our young women’s groups have been hard at work putting together what promises to be a lively and innovative performance at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House! Here are Tyra & Tamara talking about what they’ve been up to so far:

Manchester Summer Arts College 2014

enJOY arts got spooky making a short horror film with a group of young people as part of the Manchester Summer Arts College 2014! The group gave it their all and worked together to create some really chilling scenes… Enrolment Day

Enrolment Day

Enrolment Day






The young people took part in drama, visual art, filming and creative writing workshops and also went on tours of the BBC and the Sharp Project. They all achieved their Bronze Arts Award as part of the project – well done to everyone involved!

Make Do & Mend Celebration Event

We had a fantastic community celebration event for our Make Do & Mend project at The Hub in Wythenshawe. Loads of young people attended to see their work on display and watch a film about the project. We were very pleased to have local police chief Caroline Hemingway on hand to give an inspiring talk and present the young women with certificates for all their hard work. We also enjoyed an historical buffet of refreshments and some party games from the 1940s and 1980s in keeping with the heritage theme of our project. Well done to all involved and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

Enjoying the historical buffet!

Enjoying the historical buffet!

Fun and games!

Fun and games!

Local police chief Caroline Hemingway presents certificates.

Local police chief Caroline Hemingway presents certificates.

More fun & games!

More fun & games!

Look at all our work!

Look at all our work!