Take a look at our programme of workshops and events

Making Your Mark

Mondays

This exciting arts and wellbeing programme helps young adults aged 18-25 to explore their own creativity through a range of different art forms.

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Creative Lives

Wednesdays

These sessions give people over sixty who are experiencing psychological challenges in later life, the chance to explore and express creativity in new ways.

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Artworks

Fridays

A weekly drop-in session for people of all ages covering a mixed arts programme. Attend them all or pick the workshops that interest you most.

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Moving Minds

Wednesdays

Perfect for beginners and improvers, our creative dance and movement sessions will help you move more freely, rhythmically and expressively. 

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Music Project

Wednesdays

Open to beginner and improver musicians and singers interested in writing, playing, recording and performing new music in a rock/pop style.

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Write Minds

Tuesdays

A ten-week creative writing course, which looks at how to write everything from plays for stage and radio to podcasts, poetry and campfire tales.

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Recovery College

Wednesdays

A two-week online course which explores how creativity can be beneficial for recovery. Click here below to find out more.

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Creative Mentoring

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Our creative mentoring programme offers one-to-one sessions for people who don’t feel ready to be part of a group or find it hard to get out.

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"I think that the Inside Out Community is an amazing resource and has been a lifeline for me, providing opportunities for social and creative relationships to flourish!"

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Making Your Mark

At Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich

From visual arts to creative writing and drama, this small, friendly group offers young adults aged 18 to 25 the chance to discover a wide range of creative activities. 

Members will receive the support they need to explore and develop their artistic side while discovering how creativity can support their wellbeing and mental health.

No previous experience is needed to take part. 

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Autumn term begins on Monday 6th September with a break for half term of 8th November, and will take place on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm at The Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2LQ 

To request a place, please contact us.

Creative Lives

At Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich

This varied visual arts programme is for people aged over sixty who are experiencing psychological challenges in later life.  

We believe that participating in creative activities can improve wellbeing and enrich the lives of people of all ages. This small, welcoming group provides mutual support, lively discussions and inspiration for a truly creative life. 

No previous experience of the arts is necessary, just an interest in seeing how a more creative life can help to improve and maintain good mental health and wellbeing.  

Get in touch if you would like to join our Creative Lives group.

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Autum term begins on Wednesday 8th September and sessions will be held  weekly 2-4pm at The Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2LQ. 

We are grateful to The Pargiter Fund and the Suffolk Community Foundation for part funding our Creative Lives programme. 

Artworks

At Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich

Our weekly Artworks drop-in session offers a wide range of creative activities – attend them all or pick and choose the ones that take your fancy! 

The sessions are open to anyone aged over 18 looking to improve their mental health or emotional wellbeing including those searching for an antidote to the stresses and strains of daily life.  

No previous experience of the arts is necessary. You will receive a friendly welcome from our volunteers and long-standing members, who will soon make you feel part of the group. You can stay for the whole session or leave at your leisure. Join in creatively and feel better afterwards.  

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Autum term begins on Friday 10th September and sessions will be held  weekly 11am- 1pm (with a break for half term on 12th November) at The Eastern Angles Centre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2LQ. 

We are grateful to The Baring Foundation for part funding the Artworks programme.

Recovery College

Currently Online

This two-week course, produced in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, explores how creativity can be beneficial for recovery.  

Currently taking place online, the two 90-minute sessions help members explore how taking part in artistic activities can aid personal recovery and wellbeing. The workshops also look at some of the opportunities that are available for people who are interested in the therapeutic arts.

No experience is necessary to take part. 

The course has been created as part of The Recovery College programme which provides free educational workshops and courses to help people experiencing mental health challenges invest in their own wellbeing and recovery.

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For more details and to register to take part visit www.nsft.nhs.uk/recovery-college/

Music Project

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Explore how making music can improve your mental health and wellbeing at our workshops for people of all abilities.  

The sessions are suited to both beginner and improver musicians and singers who are interested in writing, playing, recording and performing music in the rock/pop style. Instruments are provided, so you can just turn up and take part.  

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only band practice will resume in the Autumn term from 15th September.

However, new members to our beginners group will be welcome when we are in a position to restart these sessions. 

At this point, only band practice for existing and members will take place fortnightly on Wednesdays at St Peter’s by the Waterfront music and arts centre, College Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF, from 2pm to 3.30pm.  

Please contact us for more information or to request to take part

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Moving Minds

Currently Online

Run in association with DanceEast, Moving Minds is open to anyone who feels drawn to the idea of creative dance and movement to support their well-being and mental health. 

Suitable for beginners and improvers alike, the sessions aim to inspire members to move more freely, rhythmically and expressively, both individually and with others in the group.  

The workshops are led by Samantha Moss, an experienced DanceEast dance artist, and supported by Myra Carley from Inside Out, who has been leading dance and well-being classes for many years.  

We aim to create a safe and supportive space to give members the freedom to express themselves while having fun. There is no pressure on anyone to ‘perform’ with members encouraged to progress at their own pace and physical ability.  

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Each session lasts for an hour and includes half an hour before and after for refreshments and conversation. For more information or to book a place email hello@insideoutcommunity.com or telephone 01473 563900. 

We are grateful to The Baring Foundation and the Charities Aid Foundation for funding the Moving Minds sessions. 

Write Minds

Currently Online

Our creative writing group is open to people of all levels and abilities. Since the group was established, members have explored a wide variety of writing genres such as short stories, life writing, myth and legend, poetry, and spoken word among many others.  

These 10-week courses offer members the chance to hone their creative writing skills and express themselves in a supportive, safe, and friendly environment.  

The standard of work produced has been exceptional. After each course, we have published a booklet of work, with plans to bring this all together into an anthology.

Write Minds takes place on Tuesdays. Currently sessions are running via Zoom as the platfrom worked well during the pandemic with an additional optional three in person sessions.. 

Write Minds has limited space per term so please get in touch if you would like to be part of this dynamic group of writers. 

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We are grateful to The Charities Aid Foundation for part funding the Write Minds sessions. 

Creative Mentoring

Online/In Person

Creative mentoring is an offshoot of the Inside Out Community programme, offering one-to-one creative sessions for members who cannot attend the community groups for a variety of reasons.  

These can range from social anxiety or physical disability to mental health issues or feeling overwhelmed in a group setting. 

In a bid to overcome this potential barrier, an artist or other creative mentor will work with the member in their own home, or other suitable venue, on a creative project of their choice which may involve various art forms.

We believe that this access to the creative arts can help improve mental and emotional wellbeing while giving the member the opportunity to engage in a supportive relationship.  

Ten one-to-one sessions will be offered, with the potential for the member to attend one of our weekly workshop groups or other community art groups in the future.

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