About Us


Creative Communities Leeds (CIC) is a company set up to provide benefit to the people of Leeds who may be at risk of social isolation. Working with people over the age of 18 its aim is to bring together people who can often feel marginalised and excluded from society, and may often have few links with each other. Through group work we aim to support people to thrive and feel part of a community.

Our Vision

Through group work we can bring together people of all ages, who would benefit from interaction with others in similar circumstances, to learn new skills both creatively and practically. We can break down the barriers between each age group by getting them engaged in a shared activity which will be life enhancing and enjoyable.
We can create a positive sense of pride in what can be achieved when people come together to learn baking, cooking and crafts.

Community Benefits

It is hoped that in participating in our activities our members will:

  • Increase their Self Esteem.
  • Increase their Self Confidence.
  • Be more likely to participate in other projects.
  • Increased pride in where they live.
  • Be able to share their new skills and knowledge with others.
  • Be able to use new skills within the home.
  • Gain knowledge and skills allowing them to make more positive choices improving their health and well-being .
  • Share skills with others improving community cohesion.

Meet the Team


Barbara and Julie first met over a shared love of crafting. When Barbara started to attend Sassy Divas as a member she soon became a great asset running some of their workshops. Barbara is an all rounder allowing her and Julie to plan workshops together. It seemed a natural progression for Julie to ask Helen and Barbara to start the Creative Communities Leeds (CIC) as each of us has very transferable skills that have always been used to bring people together in the community.

Julie Botham Company Director


I am a Mum and a wife. I have a teen who is off studying leaving home soon. I am a social worker in Leeds and it is my 12 years in this role that has given me insight into the issues of loneliness and the effects of being socially isolated.

My interests are crafting, crochet and I love growing stuff, I have an allotment nearby and am planning my crops now. I started a women's group in Bramley when I recognised how much time I was spending in the house after work. I love Sassy Divas and the way women of all ages and backgrounds get together to learn, laugh and make friends.

I started Bramley Grows to look at trying to get some fresh foods to people who may have limited access to them in the community. We run 4 or 5 events each year, promoting, growing, learning to cook, and learning new skill

Babara Beck Company Director


I am married to Mick, we have two children and two grandchildren. My previous work background is as an Office Manager, I progressed to Tutor Office skills and Computing, going onto work in local government administration, medical administration and finance.

I am now Semi retired and run craft classes locally and I volunteer for a local older persons network. I have been Involved in volunteering for various community organisations over the years and involved in Scouting for many years, currently Scout active support and working with hospital Scout and Guide group.

My hobbies are mainly craft based , and these include crochet, knitting, dressmaking, tatting, jewellery, paper crafts, scrap booking and card making. I also enjoy gluten free baking, indoor orchids, camping and walking.