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Space2 Activities


Get Moving 09.30am – 10.30am at Space2

Gentle Exercise for all With Camille (Term Time Only) Starting 10th Sept.

Craft Club 10.45 – 12pm at Space2 (TBC – is it happening)

Come along to learn and share craft skills with other crafters (Term Time only)



Gipton Growers 10am -11.30pm at Space2

Fun Garden activities for all, with a cuppa with Camille (Term Time Only) Starting 11th Sept

Fork To Fork 10am – 12pm at Gipton Church of Epiphany LS9 6SW

Food growing and cooking project with Donna and Jo (Term Time only)

Harehill’s Men’s Group 10:30am – 12:30pm at ARK, Hovingham Avenue, LS8 3QY

Relaxing social group for local men.

Art Inside Me 14.00 -15.30 at Space2 (Name and Description TBC)

A relaxing art group with Tony (Term Time Only).



Fork To Fork 10am – 12pm at Ark, Hovingham Ave, LS8 3QY

Food growing and cooking project with Donna and Jo (Term Time only)



Space2 Social 09.30 – 11.30 at Space2 (Name TBC)

Call in for a chat and a cuppa. Meet new people and learn new skills in a friendly environment with Sally (Term Time Only)

Social Connecting

1-2-1 support with health and wellbeing. To book an appointment contact:

Sally Nutman 07503 002 595


For more information or to book a course/group please contact:










Many Happy Returns

Space2 is delighted to announce that it has received a Heritage Lottery grant to run a project which celebrates the 70th birthday of the National Health Service (NHS).

This year-long project will take place in the east and north east of the city and will collect

memories and personal stories of life and health both before and after the establishment of the NHS in 1948.

The aim of the project is to create an exhibition which will tour to three Leeds libraries, culminating in a display at The Old Fire Station in Gipton, where Space2 is based.

Look out for bunting making workshops over the summer, where you can share your NHS story.  We will also be visiting local groups in the autumn with our tea, cake and conversations workshops.  We hope to discover your stories to share and find volunteers who would like to help curate the final exhibition.  Training will be given, so no experience is necessary.  If you are interested in taking part, get in touch.

Local people will be involved in the creation of a book documenting 12 of the stories collected, with photographs of the contributors; three banners, crafted in traditional Trade Union style; four hospital screens printed with collages of stories, memories, quotes and photographs; and an appliquéd chair decorated with the quotes and memories collected.  A digital collection of stories and the resources made will also be available.

We hope to record those whose voices have yet to be heard, for whom the NHS was, and still is, a life saver; people who came from all over the world to support its implementation and are part of its skilled and diverse workforce today.

For further information about Space2’s ‘Many Happy Returns’ project contact Dawn Fuller on or 0113 320 159 ext 2



First of Many!

Join us for a fun day of making and creating for all the family at Space2 at The Old Fire Station in Gipton.

Space2c has been working with Wykeback and St Nicholas Catholic Primary school children and DIY People in Action group who have amazed us with their colourful avatar creations. Now it’s your turn! Lets make a masterpiece for Gipton and fill The Old Fire Station with colour.

Everyone is welcome and don’t worry if you haven’t done any arts and crafts in a while. We have staff and volunteers on hand to encourage you. And remember, it’s taking part that counts!

The Slate Cafe will be open with their delicious refreshments and we will be running a growing workshop and there will be a 20p jumble sale.

For more information please contact Jelena via email on or call 0113 320 0159



Project Ref!



















Dates for Ref! so far:

Thursday 5 July KCOM Craven Park, Hull, 7pm

Hull KR’s very own Robinettes will be opening the show for us, there’s a bar and a post show Q&A too.

Thursday 12 July Kardomah94, Hull, 7pm with a pre-show community workshop for local women to share their stories, memories and artefacts.

Tickets can be booked online here:

Or over the counter at Kardomah94 (for 12th July performance)

£5 in advance and £7 on the door

Community workshops – Drop-in for a chat with Julia and share your stories of women in Rugby League:

6th July, Robin’s Nest, KCOM Craven Park 10am – 2pm

8th July, Robin’s Nest, KCOM Craven Park  1-3pm (Pre-match)

12th July, Kardomah94,  3-7pm (Pre-show)


Space2 are delighted to be launching their latest project Ref! – Crossing the Line, which takes them on a regional tour for the first time.  The project sees new partnerships for Space2 too, working for the first time with CommonSense Initiative, University of Hull and Red Ladder Theatre, supported by Rugby League Clubs:  Hull KR; Featherstone Rovers; Batley Bulldogs and Castleford Tigers.

Ref! will be performed in Hull, Castleford, Batley and Featherstone during the Rugby League season alongside a programme of workshops for women to come together and share their stories of Rugby League, from washing the u11s kit on a Sunday through to the Committee room and pioneers of Women’s Super League.

Ref!, written by Sarah Jane Dickenson and directed by Rod Dixon of Red Ladder, is based on a true story that tells the heart warming, humorous story of Alex’s rise from a kid obsessed with watching  the game to her tussles and triumphs to be totally involved, in charge right in the middle of the game.

It’s a universal story of how a woman – against the odds – determinedly proves she is not a victim – but a survivor.

It’s also the catalyst for a much wider ambition to collect women’s stories and memories of Rugby League to create a SMART (Social Museum and Art) Gallery that will tour Rugby League communities; be photographed to create an online version of the collection and brings an inspiring new perspective to the National Rugby League Museum, opening in Bradford in 2021.

SMART Gallery, a concept originated by artist, Helen Peyton is curated by the public for the public.  Everything is considered for display and the entire exhibition depends on people’s desire to share with other museum visitors their special possessions stories and history. It is the chance for the communities to influence what exhibits are shown.  Community workshops will be held in each community to gather the stories, memories and artefacts.






I am… Space2 and Thorpe Primary School Project

Walk up the road to Thorpe Primary School and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were approaching the edge of the world – a hop, skip and jump from the school gates is the thundering, shuddering roar of the motorway. Once inside the lovely old redbrick school, though, the deep hum of engines is replaced by the wonderful high-pitched chatter of children, coming and going through the open library that sits in the centre of the building. It’s in here – and across the adjacent classrooms and hallways – that Space2 with 5 artists and 3 final year dance students from Leeds City College have come to set up camp with the children to make, create, dance and sing; to shout to the rest of the world about this little-known corner of West Yorkshire.

The ‘I Am’ project has been set up to help give the children at Thorpe a creative voice, a voice that tells its stories in all sorts of different ways. There are shoeboxes packed with memories and tales, dances and poems swapping words and movement across the corridors, bird boxes to fill the surrounding trees with chatter and songs to annoy the much-loved caretaker! And all of this noise, these words, movements and colour, all start with the phrase “I am” and will be celebrated with an exhibition across the school and 2 performance in March.

I am me, I am here, we are Thorpe Primary School. Expect this collective ‘I Am’ to be louder than the roar of the traffic, louder than the caretaker’s bellow, loud enough to be heard from Wakefield to Leeds!

Written by Boff Whalley


All the children of Thorp Primary School

Michelle Scally Clarke

Boff Whalley

Jane Morland

Alan Pergusey

Jelena Zindovic

Tori Partridge

Courtney Osullivan

Laura O’Brien


Partners : Thorpe Primary School and Leeds City College



People in Leeds are coming together to change how we think and act about mental health

Leeds is one of the first Time to Change hubs in England, a new partnership of local organisations and mental health champions committed to improving local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

Time to Change Leeds is led by the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and is a partnership between Space2,  Leeds City Council,  Leeds Mind (and Mindful Employer), Touchstone and West Yorkshire Police, as well as local Time to Change champions and regional co-ordinators.


The Time to Change Leeds Hub believe that people with their own experience of mental health problems (also known as lived experience) should be leading activity around combating stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems.

If you are passionate about ending mental health stigma, and would like to be involved in the Hub, you can find out more and sign up to be a Champion at

Champions Fund

World Mental Health Day  the Champions Fund was launched. Champions in Leeds will be able to apply for up to £500 to fund anti-stigma activities in their own communities using social contact. Find out what social contact is?.

Want to apply for the Champion Fund but need some help with ideas?

Find more information and details on how to apply for the Champions Fund or contact



Open Minds Project

Promoting knowledge and openness about mental health in schools and youth groups through campaigns co-produced by young people.

1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem and 90% of those young people will experience stigma and discrimination, either indirectly or through bullying.  Stigma stops young people seeking help; it stops them living normal lives, and sometimes it makes them give up on their hopes and dreams.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  We want young people who experience any mental health problems to receive support and understanding from those around them. We want all young people to grow up knowing that it’s ok to talk about mental health.

Participation in the Open Minds Project will give you a variety of options (depending on availability):

·        Training for a group of young people to become mental health champions including a introductory workshop  focusing on mental health awareness, stigma and campaigning

·        Collaboration with a local artist to design and produce  creative campaign resources

·        Access to a range of resources for use in assemblies, PSHE lessons etc.

·        Input and support from volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems and campaigning

·        Support in using digital and offline versions of ‘MindMaze’ – a game designed and developed by young people to encourage open conversation about mental health.

What is the expected commitment from school or youth setting?

·        A nominated lead member of staff to liaise with the Open Minds project Manager to co-ordinate and support activity

·        Recruitment and co-ordination of a group of young people (5 – 15) to become mental health ambassadors and develop the campaign. We believe it works best with Year 9 and above

·        Support in gaining evaluation and feedback from a range of young people and staff.

Please contact for more details.

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