Squirrel Club

A workshop to help children and young people find new ways of exploring and expressing what it’s like to live with ADHD

Meet the Art with Heart squirrel

Some people think that squirrels are naughty and cheeky. We think that they’re full of fun, bounding with their bushy tails held high. Like squirrels, sometimes ADHD is explained in a way that doesn’t capture the full picture.

Squirrel Club is a creative workshop designed for children, young people and adults to help them explore their ADHD by creating their very own character. From cracking nuts naughtily to chit-chattering, this concept can help to find new ways of understanding and expressing what it’s like to live with ADHD.

Squirrel Club was created by Sarah Emmott, award-winning writer and performer of Declaration, an exploration of her road to ADHD diagnosis. These workshops enable participants to share their experiences with each other, celebrate difference, develop creative coping strategies, and build resilience and confidence.

How it works

During the pandemic teachers, youth leaders and ADHD charities expressed concerns that pupils with ADHD were struggling to adjust to online learning and changes in their routine. Parents and carers explained to us how their young people were facing new crisis of confidence. In response we created an online Squirrel Club.

This consisted of a simple and fun online workshop, with a video and exercise that children could do in their own time, followed by a Zoom meeting with fellow Squirrel Club member, Sarah, our Creative Director with ADHD. Please note Squirrel Club is currently closed for new bookings.

Will Squirrel Club return?

We’ve been squirreling away behind the scenes and hope to bring Squirrel Club workshops back, both in person and online. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when we’re back!

Squirrel Club was funded by the GMCA and supported by Big Imaginations.