AT KIRKGATE MARKET
Leeds Kirkgate Market has welcomed Leeds-based Daylight Stars to host free weekly activities for everyone.
Pick ‘n’ Mix runs every Thursday from 10.30am to 12pm in Kirkgate Market’s Events Space to August 29; it offers a host of activities for people of all ages and abilities aiming to combat loneliness, bring people together and get people talking.
“When I became a mum I found that the time my children most needed me was evening and night,” explains Daylight Stars Co-founder Nichola Pemberton.
“But most of my social life – classes and art events – also happened in the evening so I lost access to them. I soon realised I wasn’t alone in this and that it wasn’t just parents with young children who struggled.”
After reading a Leeds City Council report that said people in Leeds needed to ‘increase a sense of belonging that builds cohesive and harmonious communities’ Nichola founded Daylight Stars.
With funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Daylight Stars launched Pick ‘n’ Mix in February this year and have welcomed people to undertake screen printing and land-based synchronised swimming; they have built a paper world, made hats, animals and even just doodled.