Hundreds of Mini Makers

Published: 18th September 2019

Hundreds of Mini Makers

Families enjoyed a creative summer at The Customs House in South Shields. The South Tyneside arts centre welcomed children and their grown-ups to our crafty Mini Makers sessions. These holiday sessions give everyone taking part the chance to make, create and explore different themes.

You can find out more here

Mini Makers Getting Crafty

Mini Makers Getting Crafty

intu supports our community

Earlier this year intu donated £5,000 to The Customs House Trust, backing Mini Makers and our other charitable activities. This enabled us to freeze our Mini Maker prices at just £2 per Mini Maker. Grown ups are free! Around 200 tickets were purchased for Mini Makers over the summer. That’s a lot of creative children from across our borough.

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We always welcome the support of individuals, groups and companies and you can find out more about the ways to give here

Young people give back

Mia and Jess two of South Tyneside’s finest volunteered to support Mini Makers. Mia was part of this year’s exceptional Takeover Team. She loved Takeover 2019 so much she wanted to find new ways to be involved. She was a real asset to Mini Maker team and has begun her Bronze Arts Award journey. Jess a valued member of our Youth Theatre also helped make sure visitors got the most out of their mornings with us.

Learning Officer Elizabeth said:

“Thank you to everyone who took part and to our great team of Maker Assistants Jayden, Mia and Jess.

Our incredible regulars, staff and volunteers create a fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Mini Makers gives us time and space to mess about and get creative.

The sessions have been so popular we have decided to move to two session each Monday in 2020 school holidays.

By putting on two sessions and keeping the number of places capped you will still get the same level of attention and interaction, but we can work with even more people. I look forward to seeing many more Mini Makers becoming regulars.”

We know lots of people are incredibly organised so here is the session info for 2020.

Jayden’s Next Adventure

This was also the last summer Jayden Blacklock was able to contribute to Mini Makers. Jayden will be rather busy as she begins her Initial Teacher Training in Gateshead.

“The staff at The Customs House and the regular Mini Makers wish Jayden every success. We were very lucky to have her be part of the Mini Maker family. Jayden will make a fantastic teacher. We are confident her continued  involvement through her role as Director of the Junior Youth Theatre with The Customs House will benefit the children she teaches.”

Could You Be a Maker Assistant?

The Learning and Participation team are currently searching for a new Mini Maker assistant post to support sessions on Mondays in the school holiday.

This paid opportunity fits ideally around further education like those undertaking study at college, university or for those with other part-time/flexible work commitments. The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd September and you can receive a pack from

We hope to recruit someone who could commit to co-delivering all of the sessions throughout 2020. These are shown above and run on Monday’s in the school holidays.

Inspired by Mia or Jess?

If you are 13 to 18 years old and interested in volunteering to support mini makers please get in touch. We know from participants feedback that Mini Makers love meeting other creative young people who make terrific role models. Perhaps you would like to work in the arts when you are older and this could be your first step?

For those of us who are interested in our wider volunteering positions and you can spare a couple of hours a week please contact Amy, Duty Manager via