South Leeds: Getting arty to inspire children

Lauren Butler and young people  get arty in Holbeck.
Lauren Butler and young people get arty in Holbeck.
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A teacher is getting arty in the community to inspire youngsters to find their creative voices.

Lauren Butler, who is a teacher at Morley Academy, is going part-time in her job to focus on her voluntary efforts in her south Leeds neighbourhood.

Lauren, 25, is setting up a number of arty initiatives in Holbeck to help children unleash their imaginations.

As part of her creative sessions she is looking to run singing, dancing and beatboxing workshops to support youngsters.

Lauren said: “What I want to do is help children and adults alike realise their potential, unleash their creativity and feel a sense of self worth.”

Lauren claims a lack of availability for indoor facilities has inspired her to launch the sessions.

And she will also help and mentor a team of vulnerable young adults to help collect 
litter every Sunday in a bid to boost community cohesion.

Lauren added: “There aren’t enough creative spaces and outlets for young people around Leeds to help them thrive and be creative.

“The council regularly tell me they do not have the resources or the money and getting funding is a difficult process but I am determined to provide a portal for these children to unleash their imagination and flourish in life.”

The classes aim to incorporate the children’s development of fine motor skills and progression of learning and development through free activities such as singing, dancing, writing poetry, beatboxing, DJ-ing and creating art.

She is now appealing for help to fund the resources she needs to run the workshops by setting up a Go Fund Me website.

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