Confidence through Creativity

Tuesdays and Fridays 1-3pm

April – June 2023

Gateway Conference Centre, 75 London Road OR online via Zoom

Accredited course for women aged 19+ in the Liverpool City Region who are looking for a confidence boost due to being out of work, education, or training, or for some other reason

Four women of different ages and ethnicities standing together and smiling while looking at something off camera.

Course participants take part in an activity. Photo: Collective Encounters.

Collective Encounters is running a new version of its popular training course ‘Confidence through Creativity’, in partnership with training provider Mpower People CIC. Formerly an online-only course during social distancing, the course will run as a ‘hybrid’ programme for the first time, starting in April this year.

The course uses a variety of fun, arts-based approaches to develop creative and digital skills, supporting women to build confidence and self-esteem in a safe group setting. Activities include simple drama, creative writing and film, leading to a group performance. It is a great way to meet new people, try something new, and have fun, while gaining an accredited qualification and a great sense of achievement.

Course participants have the option to join sessions in-person at the Gateway Conference Centre on London Road or online via Zoom, providing flexibility to those with caring responsibilities, mobility issues, or other circumstances that mean either in-person or online participation can be challenging.

Those taking part in ‘Confidence through Creativity’ will be given step-by-step support to get online and access the sessions, including being provided with equipment and mobile data connections if necessary. The course is therefore suitable for those who would benefit from the option to participate remotely but are not currently able to. Equally, it is open to those who would prefer to attend in-person.

The course is run by professional arts practitioners including Theatre Director Tessa Buddle, Art Therapist Michelle Richards, and Actress Heidi Robinson, as well as Digital Skills Trainer Michelle Smith, who are all trained and experienced in supporting women to build confidence and overcome barriers. Previous participants have gone on to University and College courses, further training, regular creative groups, volunteering positions and paid employment in the arts and other sectors. Individuals are supported to identify their goals and make positive steps that are right for them.

Former participant Terri said:

By doing this course you’ll meet good people, you’ll share ideas, and have a lot of laughs. I’ve grown enormously in confidence, and feel comfortable being around people a lot more. It’s a really good course for learning new skills. I 100% recommend it because you’ll get so much enjoyment from it.

Enrolment is open now. To sign up or find out more, contact Tessa: call/text 07564 356809 or visit

Confidence through Creativity is delivered by Collective Encounters in partnership with Mpower People CIC. It has been made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, Liverpool City Council and Eleanor Rathbone Foundation.


Collective Encounters

Collective Encounters is a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. We use theatre to engage those on the margins of society, telling untold stories and tackling the local, national and international concerns of our time.


Mpower People CIC

Mpower People CIC deliver training, guidance and create bespoke projects to support the most vulnerable in our community. We have 14 years of experience of creating opportunities and developing people’s skills in Merseyside, especially for people experiencing poor mental health.

supported by Eleanor Rathbone Foundation