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INDIGO ARTS & CRAFTS FOUNDED

Indigo Arts & Crafts is the inspiration of local teaching assistant, Bobbie Stoddon, who besides working in a classroom environment for the last decade, has a substantial track record of providing fun and safe after school and holiday clubs for children in several schools across the local area, since 2006.

Noticing a high proportion of sports clubs but little to appeal to those with artistic tendencies, Bobbie wanted to offer something fresh, new and creative for children in the local area. So, combining her own passion of arts and crafts with a joy of working with children, Indigo was born.



ABOUT THE FOUNDER

As a child, you could often find Bobbie busy drawing pictures, tucked in a corner with a good book or playing a musical instrument and with a great love for nature, she also spent a lot of time outdoors. Her childhood ambition was always to become an artist/writer and by her mid-teens, she also knew she wanted to work with children, studying childcare, health & social care and volunteering at her old primary school in Lancaster. By the time she reached 18, she had already spent a full summer working as a nanny, for a family in Heysham.

With a black belt in jujitsu and kick-boxing, Bobbie began teaching martial arts in various after school clubs and evening/weekend classes across the Lancaster, Preston and Blackpool areas, working with hundreds of different children over the years and as a member of senior management, also trained up new junior instructors.

In 2008, she began working in Primary Education, at the same local school she works at today, and gained advanced level qualifications in teaching/learning support and activity leadership. That summer, she also started up a martial arts holiday club, combining sports and art activities, which she ran for seven years, stepping away in 2015 to focus on arts and crafts, her life-long hobby, and holistic therapies, another passion of hers. The following year, the combination of her creative hobbies, interests and holistic approach to life, gave birth to Indigo.

Fast forward to 2019 and Indigo continues to go from strength to strength, welcoming new faces at holiday club every time the school holidays come around and new ideas being developed, constantly.

Spending time in a relaxed space, surrounded by nature, teaching children new creative skills, whilst doing all the things I love is just incredible! Inspiring young people through creative outlets and allowing them the freedom to tap into their own creativity, makes it a joy to do this daily! Creativity comes in so many forms: painting, crafting, baking, gardening, writing/playing music, dancing – just to name a few. I want to offer as many creative opportunities as possible, whilst simultaneously teaching children important life skills. Most important of all, I want everyone to have fun.

Bobbie Stoddon | Founder of Indigo Arts & Crafts.



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KIDS

HAVE ATTENDED HOLIDAY CLUB


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CREATIONS

MADE SINCE THE BEGINNING


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CREATIVE ACTIVITES

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HOURS

SPENT OUTDOORS EACH WEEK


OUR MISSION

TO INSPIRE YOUNG MINDS CREATIVELY

Indigo Arts & Crafts holiday clubs and workshops are delivered in a fun and relaxing manner, with an emphasis on learning and creating through practical experience and interaction. Running throughout the year and adaptable for children of all ages, we provide a warm and friendly atmosphere, inspiring children to learn and develop through a huge range of creative activities.

At Indigo, we believe in linking a range of hands-on projects to the real world, including everything from worldwide cultures to nature and the environment, learning to cook and developing team-building skills.

Indigo Arts and Crafts aims to ‘Inspire young minds creatively’ where children leave with new skills, friendships and lots of happy memories.

Art helps to create a common ground for children who don’t know each other and who may or may not be interested in the same things. It can help people of all ages, races, abilities, and even languages engage in a shared (and generally mutually loved) activity.



OUR TEAM

RESPONSIBLE CARE

Our team participate fully by modelling sensory risk taking, wondering, adventuring and leading art projects, paintings, sculptures and activities with hands-on, step-by-step guidance whilst encouraging independent participation.

With years of experience working in education and extra-curricular activity clubs, you can be assured that Indigo staff are professional, friendly, experienced, qualified and passionate about working with and inspiring young people.

SAFE HANDS

With relevant qualifications, enhanced DBS clearance, insurance and regular safeguarding and first aid training, you can be rest assured that your child will be in experienced, safe hands.

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OUR HOLIDAY CLUB

WITH A CREATIVE DIFFERENCE

Take a look at this short video which gives you a quick introduction about who we are and what we do…



NATURE & GARDENIING


We have lots of green-finger activities and nature art galore.


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KITCHEN CORNER


Lots of culinary fun from baking to fruit kebab making


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ART


Whether its Crayola crayons or a paint brush, we bring the artist out in every child.


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CRAFTS


All sorts of crafty stuff from fabric design to pottery and clay work


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THE CLUBHOUSE

HOME OF INDIGO ARTS & CRAFTS

Based in the village of Brookhouse near Caton, on the outskirts of Lancaster. Our venue is nestled in a beautiful, open, green space – safely situated away from busy roads and town centres, offering a wonderful rural environment for children to spend their holiday time, whatever the weather.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

The Clubhouse lends itself to lots of creative indoor activities with it’s spacious, warm and welcoming interior.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Children get the chance to enjoy lots of fresh air on the large grassy lawn with nature-themed activities and break time play.


HOW TO FIND US


Inside our clubhouse where kids get to make a wonderful arty mess!


A safe space where we can have lots of outdoor fun!