Expecting Something works with new, young and expectant parents under 25 and their babies in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Lochgelly, Fife, providing a weekly safe space to spend time with their babies and peers whilst engaging in artist-lead creative activities. Expecting Something also ran a 10-week pilot in partnership with Citadel Youth Centre in Leith, providing artist-led sessions for the young mums and their babies who attend the centre.
We hope that this project will empower these young parents – boosting their confidence, forging new relationships and developing strong bonds with their babies through regular and continued contact with arts and creativity.
The sessions take place on a weekly basis at WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes and the Lochgelly Centre in Lochgelly. They are led by artists Katy Wilson and Marion Geoffray who are experienced at working with young children and adults alike. The content will be shaped by the group and their interests. During a pilot project of the same name run by Starcatchers in 2013/2014 sessions covered many different art-forms including photography, painting, sculpture, felt making, music, tie-dye, pottery, music and puppetry.
As well as the weekly sessions the participants will be given the opportunity to visit and engage with cultural activities in their area. We hope that Expecting Something can create a bridge for participants to connect and understand that they can contribute positively to their local community.
If you, or anyone you know, are aged 25 or under with a little one from bump to 36 months, then why not come along. Alternatively, if you have any questions please contact us or find out more on our Facebook page.
Expecting Something is working in partnership with WHALE Arts, On Fife and Citadel Youth Centre.
Pilot project participant:
The experience has made me more confident with my daughter and myself. Means I can spend lots of time with other mums and babies.
I think it’s good for their [the participant’s] self-esteem because, I think that people value them enough to let them have the opportunity to do these things, and it builds in them the idea that the judgmental attitudes and stigmatisation that some of them have experienced isn’t the universal thing. It also gives precious family memories.
Expecting Something is supported by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The City of Edinburgh Council and The Stevenston Charitable Trust to deliver a pilot of 10 sessions in partnership with The Citadel Youth Centre, Leith, Edinburgh, beginning in February 2019.
Expecting Something in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Lochgelly, Fife are funded by Children in Need, The Corra Foundation and Robertson Trust.