A Roydon mother-of-two has combined her passion of art and expertise in working with children to launch her own business — and has praised a north Suffolk charity which gave her the confidence to do so.
Louise Thompson, 35, unveiled Play Make Create, an art and creative workshop for primary school children in February. The workshops, which normally run monthly in the school holidays, feature creative art and play activities, including weaving and messy projects.
Uptake has been good — roughly 30 children have attended each workshop, and her last in Roydon in June saw more than 40 take part.
Miss Thompson, who lives in Roydon with partner Andrew Watson and children Luke, 6, and Finley, 18 months, trained as a nursery nurse and spent seven years as an education officer at Banham Zoo, before working at the Conkers Day Nursery in The Heywood.
She said she was at a “crossroads” in her working life.
“The feedback I have got from children and parents has been wonderful, and it is great to do something I enjoy and that I can fit in around my children,” she said. “I have always wanted to work with children. I think naturally, I am a teacher.
I think if you want to get the most out of life you sometimes have to close your eyes and take the jumpLouise Thompson
“They are like little sponges. They are inquisitive and I love that about children, you can point them in the right direction.”
Miss Thompson, who is also running an after school club at Roydon Primary School, had high praise for The Blossom Charity, based in Thorndon.
It aims to support women in enterprise, by providing assistance in setting up new businesses, or in ongoing challenges in the business world.
“They are a wonderful bunch of ladies,” she said.
“They just help and pinpoint what you are good at, and it gave me that boost to give it a go.
“I don’t know if I have always wanted to run my own business. I have had lots of different jobs and I am happy to take the risk.
“I think if you want to get the most out of life you sometimes have to close your eyes and take the jump.
“I am happy to let it grow organically. This is just to pay the bills. It is good that what I am doing is fun, and hopefully I can carry on working with different schools in the area.”
For more information, and to find out when the next workshops are taking place, see www.facebook.com/PlayMakeCreateArt