Pudsey: Art group boosts confidence and brings people together

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre. Copyright Stephen Craven and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Words: Geoff Lea, local artist and art workshop leader

Approximately eight years ago l came to Pudsey Wellbeing Centre to see what was going on.

I soon learned about the forwarding initiative that was planned for the centre from the then general manager, which was to form volunteer-run groups for the local community and surrounding areas to join in and become more interactive for their own health and wellbeing.

I started my art workshop, which has proved to be very successful in many ways. We have had people in the group with disabilities and encouraged people who have felt socially isolated to build their confidence by coming along. Some people just come along to be part of a group and meet people with the same interests.

We meet every Monday except Bank Holidays 1.30pm-3pm in the Community Hall in the Wellbeing Centre on the first floor. A lift is available.

It is a friendly welcoming group. Anyone is welcome whatever their level of competence. All materials are free and available. There is no registration, just come along! Obviously there are Covid regulations in place, ie masks must be worn and sanitizer is provided and social distancing observed.

I enjoy running the art workshop, it is not necessarily a ‘teaching’ class – l mainly facilitate and help and advise where needed. I am a local artist with around sixty years of experience.

The art workshop is quite unique in the community as it is ‘FREE’! Come along and have a go.

Pudsey Wellbeing Centre is based off Robin Lane. It is a social hub which provides activities for the community all run by volunteers.


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