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The Citadel Arts Centre has been successful in securing a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme to run Citi-Dis-Arts, a five year project of arts based activities for disabled, vulnerable and elderly people in St Helens.  

Citi-Dis-Arts will enable disabled, vulnerable and elderly people from all wards of the borough to participate in weekly arts workshops, mentoring, work placements and a project steering group to build confidence, self esteem and develop skills to enable them to fully engage in the communities in which they live.

Creative Arts

Wednesday 10am-12pm
Circus skills, exotic animals, singing, sculpting, writing... These are just a few of the types of events that are held at The Citadel as part of the Citi Dis Arts workshop. The workshops are led by experienced artists, and are for people with disabilities.

Places are limited, so booking is advisable.

For further information on how to get involved or to book a place, please contact The Citadel on 01744 735436 or by e-mail:

Writing for Wellbeing

Wednesday 1pm-3pm
Good company and good writing lead to self-confidence!

This small, sensitive and supportive group share ideas, words and creative writing skills, and always welcome new faces. Whether you're a beginner, or a more experienced writer, come along and join our group.

Citi Dis Drama

Wednesday 6 - 8pm


The drama group runs during term time each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm. At the Citadel, we believe that drama is a powerful tool for enriching people’s lives. Aside from developing their acting and performance skills, members also develop confidence, communication skills and self esteem. The group focus on many different techniques, such as improvisation, mime, physical theatre and script work. The group is friendly and informal and is always looking forward to welcoming new members.

The group is lead by Sophie Tickell, a professional drama practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to the group. The group works towards two productions per year.

For further information on how to get involved or to book a reading of your work, please contact The Citadel on 01744 735436 or by e-mail:


Terry Caffrey is a nationally recognised author, poet and script writer who is involved with numerous arts organisations in the North-West, as well as running projects in various schools and institutions throughout England. He has over 20 years experience as a Community Arts & Disability Worker, and The Citadel is extremely proud to have him as their 'Writer in Residence'. Terry is available every Wednesday at The Citadel, and can be contacted on 01744 735436 or by e-mail:

The unique five year Citi-Dis-Arts project was developed in consultation with groups, individuals and stakeholders throughout the borough of St Helens. The project is match funded by St Helens Council’s Adult Social Care and Health and was supported by thier Cultural Funding Advisor.

For more information, please contact Carmel Baines on 01744 762305 or

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 The Citadel has a firm belief that all aspects of the arts should be inclusive; not exclusive.

This means that everyone should be able to experience, first-hand, any artistic activity they are interested in.

The Citadel concentrates on programming activities that are open to all, regardless of ability. The classes run on a weekly basis covering many different areas of art, from writing to painting, modelling to circus skills!

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