A business aimed at developing the creative side of children is thriving as it marks its third birthday.
Started on 1 January 2013 by Gill Pawley, the Ink Pots he workshops are aimed at children and young people who enjoy writing stories, drawing and reading all kinds of books.
They now run after school clubs at Bolnore Village Primary School; Manor Field Primary School, Southway Junior School and London Meed Primary School, all in Burgess Hill; and Warden Park Primary Academy in Haywards Heath.
The company also runs a Year 7s group for 11 to 12 year olds.
Gill has over 30 years’ experience of working as a publications editor. She started Inkpots as a new challenge after her own children had grown up and left home.
She remembered loving reading and writing as a child herself and wanted to provide an environment for children where it’s ‘cool’ to talk about books, writing and drawing.
On her website she says: “I have worked with words for many years (as a publications editor) and I believe passionately that everyone has a story in them that is just waiting, ready to burst out. I love talking books and telling tales – and meeting those who feel the same is an absolute joy.
“However, the most important people in all of this are the children and young people who come to the workshops.
“They’re very talented and creative, fun and funny, kind and generous – and they all make Inkpots a warm, friendly place to be.”
As well as running Inkpots, she works with community groups, small and medium size enterprises and individuals.
Particularly experienced in developing corporate identities, Gill also works on websites, brochures, fliers and books.
She is able to take projects through from initial brief to final product, working with a talented team of designers, photographers and printers.
For more information about Inkpots go to www.inkpots.org