• unlocking imaginations. Changing life stories
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I’m Gill Pawley and I set up, and have run Inkpots for the past nine years.

Over that time over 1,000 children, young people and adults have come to our after school clubs, workshops and events.

I have had the privilege of seeing so many creative ideas open up, and followed through into stories, cartoons, photographs, videos and artwork.

I believe passionately in the power of creativity  and how important it is for our self belief, self worth and good mental health.

My role at Inkpots is very much that of unlocking creativity – helping imaginations soar, ideas develop and finding a way to weave creativity into everyday lives.

All of this means that for your child and for you, Inkpots provides a safe space in which to explore creativity and let self confidence grow. It is somewhere kindness, fairness and a sense of fair play prevail. Aspirations and inspirations sit side-by-side.

We are proud to have a young writers and creatives community where kindness is paramount and everyone is welcome.

We run programmes where every young person gets an equal chance. Our Inkwell project supports this too.

Inkpots is – and always will be – a safe space for all young people and their work.

From my own many years of parenting, I know that after all the noise and pressures from various quarters,  all that really matters is your children’s happiness. I believe the work of Inkpots can contribute to that.

I do hope this approach appeals to you and that there is something of interest. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Gill is DBS-checked, fully insured and first aid trained. Her mentor and child protection training was provided by West Sussex County Council Youth Offending Service and West Sussex Police, and NSPCC. Gill is a member of the advisory board for the Paper Nations project, at Bath Spa University.  Inkpots is also part of the Young Minds 360 degrees schools’ community. Gill also has the Level 2 certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health