Young people in an Essex village are being encouraged to show off their artistic talents by taking part in a free community project this Easter.
Activities such as jewellery making, sketching and decorating baseball caps will be available in Great Wakering next month thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.
The social housing provider is working with local artist Hayley Duff from Hayley Elizabeth Photography to offer three exciting sessions on 4, 6 and 7 April.
Two will take place at Great Wakering Memorial Hall while the other will feature a trip to Priory Park in Southend.
The first session on Wednesday 4 April runs at the Memorial Hall from 10am to 1pm and offers the chance for young people to decorate baseball caps and create their own sketchbooks. They will also be able to design their own jewellery and jewellery boxes.
Priory Park will be the destination on Friday 6 April between 10am and 1pm, where children can study plants and insects through magnifying glasses before drawing them in their sketchbooks.
The group will return to the Memorial Hall for the final session on Saturday 7 April from 10.30am to 1.30pm, creating their own canvases using stencils and fabrics.
They will also each receive a certificate to celebrate their work and enjoy some pizza together.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Chris Silvey, said: “If young people are looking for something interesting and exciting to do during the Easter holidays, then this is for them.
“These sessions offer a chance for them to make new friends, develop their creative skills and keep active by enjoying the great outdoors.”
Hayley Duff added: “I am so pleased that Sanctuary has been able to support this project. I look forward to working with the young people during the Easter break and seeing all of their creations.”
To sign up for the three sessions, contact Hayley Duff on 07872 664462.
The project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.