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Make, Mix and Do with a variety of creative sessions across Salford and Manchester

Make, Mix & Do

Make, Mix and Do is a group of projects that works across Salford and Manchester. The projects work with young people, people with dementia, new mothers, people wanting to move into work and people with long term conditions.

Make - creating arts and crafts can boost our mental wellbeing- learning new skills can increase our confidence, solving artistic problems can help us to see things differently and it’s fun and relaxing.

Mix - all of the projects enable you to mix with others in a supportive environment. The groups can reduce isolation and are a stepping-stone towards being part of the local community and having a sense of belonging.
The projects offer a variety of activities so you can take part in the one right for you.

Do - the activities we do impact our wellbeing. Having a balance of activities supports our health and making space for enjoyable things to do can help us achieve the five ways to wellbeing- take notice, be active, connect, give and learn. The Make, Mix and Do projects give you a choice so you have an opportunity to try things out and discover and explore activities that are meaningful to you.

The Make Space

Open since August 2017, The Make Space has hosted baby yoga sessions, arts and crafts holiday clubs and community open days. It’s home to Inspiring Minds arts on prescription groups, a mental health support group and a calligraphy session.

We have plans to create a vibrant programme at The Make Space, including ukelele sessions, arts workshops & classes for everyone and creative opportunities for people to use the space. For information about what’s on or how to get involved, please get in touch.

Creative Escapes

Taking part in art sessions can have some great benefits for people with dementia- art brings people together, develops new skills and ignites imagination. Creative Escapes groups are a great way to relax, boost confidence and enjoy activities with your loved ones.

Participants have produced artworks using printmaking, watercolours, collage and mixed media.

Creative Clinic

Our mental health and physical health interact with each other; having a long-term condition can impact on our mental wellbeing.

We’re working in partnership with organisations such as Stroke Association, Macmillan Cancer Wellbeing at Salford Royal and Manchester City Mission to deliver creative arts sessions in community venues across the city. The sessions aim to enable people to meet others with similar conditions, develop artistic talents and relax in a supportive environment.

Captain Confidence

What is the secret to Captain Confidence’s resilience?

Find out with fun and interactive workshops on ‘The Adventures of Captain Confidence’, a comic book created with local school children, which tells stories about what helps our mental and physical health and how our confidence can grow.

We’re taking the comic book on tour, visiting Salford schools to explore mental and physical health with Key Stage 2 students using fun, creative and interactive workshops. If you’d like us to visit your school, play centre or group, please get in touch.


STARTwork is a course tailored for people with mental health problems who would like to go to work. The course supports participants to learn more about what they’d like to do and enables people to move into volunteering, training or employment.

STARTwork facilitates interactive sessions on issues where mental health and work interact, such as disclosure or resilience and also offers creative activities as a way to work together and experience all the benefits of taking part in the arts.


Beyond Salford, we are running arts and crafts sessions in partnership with other organisations, such as Perinatal Mental Health at Wythenshawe Hospital and with the Lalley Centre in Collyhurst.

Perinatal Arts

We provide textile sessions at the Andersen Ward at Wythenshawe Hospital. These sessions support new mums who are experiencing mental health problems. Participants have so far created items for themselves and their babies in a relaxing environment. The project aims to support women in the transition period of becoming a new parent. It boost mood, reduce stress and supports bonding.

Lalley Centre

The Lalley Centre is a warm and welcoming community centre in Collyhurst. Every Friday, we run print, drawing and textile sessions with local residents.


Rachel JonesProject Manager

0161 351 6028

The Make Space
A creative common room for Walkden.

The Make Space is our satellite studio in Walkden Town Centre and is a space for people to meet, make and move. Please download the latest programme. For more information, please contact Rachel

Creative Escapes
Friendly and supportive art and craft sessions for people with dementia and their supporters.

Fridays 10.30am at Brunswick House, Salford
Saturdays 10.30am at The Make Space, Walkden

Creative Clinic
Art and craft courses for people with long term conditions.

Creative Clinic supports people with long-term physical conditions to improve mental wellbeing. It meets across Salford and works in partnership with organisations to deliver creative arts sessions

Captain Confidence
Join in the The Adventures of Captain Confidence!

Captain Confidence is a comic book created with local schoolchildren. It’s going on tour to primary schools to explore mental and physical health in fun and interactive workshops.

STARTwork offers a creative step towards healthy work and work-related activities such as volunteering and training.
10 week course in Eccles, Walkden and Broughton. Referrals via CERT and CMHT.
Find out more

Beyond Salford, we are running arts and crafts sessions in partnership with other organisations, such as Perinatal Mental Health at Wythenshawe Hospital and with the Lalley Centre in Collyhurst.