Creative4Life

“The C4L arts sessions I attended were special because I got to know and care for many of the other participants in the group and felt wanted, that I belonged somewhere.”

Creative 4 Life is our flagship programme for adults living with mental health issues.

  • Weekly online or in-person workshops in a variety of art forms such as visual arts, graffiti, creative writing, drama, sculpture, poetry, music and more!
  • Trips out to events, galleries and live performances in the local area and across London for weekly workshop participants 
  • Outreach projects with partner organisations such as Mind, NELFT and other local  Barking & Dagenham charities and voluntary sector organisations   
  • Social events and festivals, offering taster activities such as our annual WinterFest

Creative 4 Life’s fun and accessible multi-arts activities support adults who are feeling isolated, lonely or are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. Led by a team of friendly and experienced artists, participants can have a go at trying a new art form, learning new skills and socialising with others in a welcoming space.

All of our sessions are free to attend.

If you or someone you know could benefit from coming to our sessions, please get in touch with Lotte at lotte@greenshoesarts.com.

Our upcoming Autumn 2022 weekly workshops

Making Theatre with David & Kirsty

Mondays 1:30-3:30

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Expect games, play and fun as we explore different theatre making techniques like writing, devising, acting and storytelling. These warm and friendly sessions will have something for everyone in them, and the only thing you need to bring is you!

Please note the new earlier time of 1:30pm – 3:00pm.

Henna Art with Alfina & Verona

Wednesday 1:30-3:00

IN PERSON at CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Be inspired by henna designs and styles in this beginners workshop with Alfina as you learn new skills and techniques in henna art. Each week you will work on different projects using different materials such as candles and canvases and learn how henna can be used to last a lifetime!

Poetry Online with Jessica & Lotte

Thursday 18:00-19:30

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Explore the magic of poetry in a nurturing, supportive environment, welcoming all, regardless of your background or previous experience. These online sessions consist of looking at a variety of poetry and discussing and experimenting with our own writing.

Ceramics with Yanire & David

Friday 1:30-3:00

IN PERSON AT CHADWELL HEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE

Develop awareness and enhance creativity with clay as you learn how to use handbuild techniques and ceramic tools. Become familiar with the tools and materials and work together with Yanire as you create masks and face plant pots from clay.

Creative 4 Life is made possible by a grant from the Comic Relief Smiles Fund.