Making Creative Connections at our Training & Networking Event

We had a fantastic time delivering a training & networking event with our friends at Tandem Theatre last week. We were pleased to be back at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, sharing our learning from the Tales of Manchester Life project with professionals from the youth, arts and heritage sectors. It was great to be in a room filled with such creativity, positivity and a real spirit of teamwork as people made new connections and formed new ideas for future projects. We discussed the challenges and benefits of forming partnerships to deliver creative heritage projects with young people as well as getting stuck into some fun creative activities! Thanks again to everyone that attended and we look forward to hopefully working with you all in the future…

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Tales of Manchester Life Celebration Event and Short Film

We had a fantastic time returning to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to celebrate the achievements of the young women involved in our Tales of Manchester Life project last night!


All of the young women earned their Bronze Arts Award as part of the project and were given individual medals and certificate packs. We were also pleased to be able to present each young woman with a framed professional photo of themselves taking part in the project as a special keepsake. The young women and their guests – including proud parents, teachers and youthworkers – took their seats for the film premiere of their ‘Gaskell, Interrupted’ performance before enjoying a lovely celebratory buffet. We’d like to say another huge well done to all the participants and a big thank you to everyone who worked so hard on the project!

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IMG_0531We couldn’t leave you without a taster, so check out a short Behind the Scenes film about the project here:

And, if is this has left you wanting to know more, we’re running a special training and networking event inspired by the project for youthwork and heritage professionals on Thursday 16th July. The event will take place back at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (our new home from home!) and you can get tickets here.

Tales of Manchester Life: ‘Gaskell, Interrupted’ Performance

15 young women from our Tales of Manchester Life project took over Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in 3 fantastic performances last week! The final piece was called ‘Gaskell, Interrupted’ and encouraged the audience to imagine the different ways in which Elizabeth Gaskell might have found herself interrupted not only by the demands of daily life but by her desire to give voice to those most in need.  sm sm-19 sm-22

The young women worked incredibly hard to develop an extremely slick promenade performance which led the audience through the different rooms of the house and showcased both dramatic scenes and original music created by the groups.

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We couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved and look forward to celebrating the young women’s achievements at our project celebration event at the house in a couple of weeks’ time!

Creative Pastoral Group Work Programmes

enJOY arts have teamed up with Turn The Page Counselling Services to deliver a range of Creative Pastoral Group Work Programmes in schools.

Be who you are

Creativity and Pastoral Care

There is a growing body of evidence indicating the profound effect engagement in the arts and creativity can have on health and wellbeing. The arts bring us alive, nourish our curiosity, help us learn, and improve relationships and environments. Our creative interventions can help young people to:

  • develop self-reliance, self-esteem and emotional resilience.
  • consider their roles as active citizens.
  • tackle problems and take positive action.
  • recognise and cope with significant transitions in their lives.

What we can offer

 Outcome-focused programmes of activity

  • programme of 8 x 2 hour sessions (usually delivered weekly)
  • group of up to 15 young people
  • working towards a performance and/or nationally recognised qualification (Bronze Arts Award – additional fee for moderation)

Issue-based programmes of activity for a specific group

  • programme of 8 x 2 hour sessions (usually delivered weekly)
  • group of up to 15 young people
  • using drama and other creative approaches to explore a range of topics including:

o   Decision-making

o   Identity

o   Values

o   Equality and Diversity

o   Actions and Consequences

o   Aspirations

Issue-based one-off sessions

  • 2 hour or half day session
  • Up to 30 young people per session
  • Using drama and other creative approaches to explore a relevant issue of your choice.

 Issue-based away days 

  • Entire day working with up to 30 young people
  • Using drama and other creative approaches to explore a relevant issue of your choice.
  • Working towards a short performance or sharing at the end of the day.

Unlock your potential

We can happily tailor specific projects or sessions to meet your needs – please get in touch with us to discuss.