Lads & Leaders Weekend

On this weekend you will share your story with the other members of the circle, painting a life size portrait as you explore who you are and how your got there.

The cost of this weekend is £250 towards covering your giant size canvas and art materials as well as refreshments and all the activities.

Overall aims and objectives

To provide the opportunity for men – young or otherwise – to see themselves in more empowering ways by and to connect with other young men and male leaders, from a cross section of industry, commerce and public sector in the Knowsley area and beyond. The project sets out to:

  • Provide opportunities to share the narrative of their own journey
    opportunities to witness other male stories and connect with them reducing isolation
  • To focus through circle activities of emotional wellbeing and the feelings experienced by individuals.
  • Encouragement of peer support and peer mentoring
  • Facilitation of painting a self-portrait and recording narratives by writing their own story
  • Engagement in creativity, journey sticks and portrait painting to positively express themselves,
  • Encouraging wellbeing through outdoor activities through a day at KYM dam. Trying new sports like sailing, archery and also building new skills such camp craft and using nature as a healing restorative tool.
  • To increase self-esteem, raise confidence.
  • To increasing a sense of belonging to a wider community by sharing the project widely
  • To inspire other boys and men locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • To celebrate the young men from Knowsley and create a lasting legacy.

You can visit the Little Sista projects and view films and reports about this work in it’s previous incarnations.

These projects were funded by Arts Council England, Public Health , Knowsley Council and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.The initial programme for Lads & Leaders was kindly funded by Headstart Knowsley and further funding is being negotiated to allow even more young men to benefit.

Please contact us if you want to be involved in the next weekend – we know this will be a groundbreaking and magical project and the buzz around the first one was brilliant!

Sandra Richardson
CEO @ KYM   Knowsley Youth Mutual
Mobile: 07810054165
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Twitter : @KnowsleyYM
Address: Longview Drive, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 6EG