Reconnecting Families With Sarah Dunn Of The Creation Station Barnsley West

Sarah is a self-confessed craft 'dabbler' and president of her local Women's Institute.  She is passionate about families connecting with each other and enjoying their time together.  She was looking for a career that would enable her to enjoy the early years with her young family and now runs successful, award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  

We are proud to have presented Sarah our 'Franchisee of The Month' award for March 2020.  Sarah has been really proactive in getting her business to work for her.  She has focused and worked really hard to ensure she has a formula that works around her family life.  Sarah is also very eco-conscious and really wants to make this clear in her business.  With a thriving business we can't wait to see what fantastic things she has planned for the next 12 months!  Well done Sarah!   

We asked Sarah to share why she loved providing creative activities in her community - this is what she said...

Why did you want to run your own business?

"Having two children in two years drastically changed my priorities.  I didn't want to go back to an emotionally draining job with long working hours and miss out on my childrens' early years.  Working for myself means I can choose the hours I want to work and plan it around my family"

What attracted you to The Creation Station?

"I love the ethos and brand values.  Despite having little natural talent I still enjoy crafting and I think others would too if they had a go."

"Creativity is so gives us the opportunity to escape...for children this is just having the chance to be children and explore materials, shapes and colours without any rules or expectations.  For adults this is time away from life, screens and 'to-do' lists and to just relax."

Describe your highlights so far...

"I worked with the 'WE Wonder' Festival last summer.  It was a real buzz being part of a fantastic family day.  Whenever I looked up and saw crowds of families enjoying our activities it gave me that fuzzy feeling inside."

"I am running Create Club three times a week in two local schools. I really love it and the ideas and imagination from the children blows me away, they are amazing and seem to get so much from the clubs. I especially appreciate being in a position to nurture children’s confidence in their ability as a surprising amount tell me they ‘cant do it’ or have done it ‘wrong’ and so explaining to them that there is no right and wrong way when it comes to being creative is a conversation that can often happen in create club."

Don't just take our word for it, look what parents say about Sarah & her classes...

5* Reviews for Sarah Dunn of The Creation Station Barnsley West

How do you feel about the future?

"Very excited!  I am really pleased to be a part of the new Alhambra Kids Club in the town centre, I will be there for two days a week in every school holidays delivering free crafts for children in Barnsley. The first one has just happened at half term and the children seemed to love creating their own superhero identities along with masks and capes. It’s a fab opportunity to help lots of children and families unleash their creative potential."

"My Creative Crafters and Tiny Treasures have really taken off too. I run these once a month in a local pub and I get great feedback and reviews for both. Again, I have seen adults grow in confidence as they often arrive telling me they are not creative and then they leave beaming with pride at what they have created."

How do you feel about being awarded 'Franchisee Of The Month'?

"I am over the moon to have won franchisee of the month – running my business around my family is hard work, although very rewarding, so to get some recognition for everything I have achieved is really great!"

If you'd love to come along to one of Sarah's awesome classes or you are looking for some event entertainment or a fun birthday party entertainer in Barnsley you can find out more at The Creation Station Barnsley.

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What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6719 reviews on Trustpilot

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31st May

Nat has been brilliant

Nat has been brilliant. We have had two packs of the most amazing crafts delivered to our door during lockdown. We have had paints, canvases, pipe cleaners all sorts of fun crafts with ideas to have fun with. Things that we had never heard of or seen before such as noodle doodles. We can’t wait to come to one of your sessions when things get back to normal more.

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26th May

My daughter loves the sessions with…

My daughter loves the sessions with vicky and looks forward to them each week.

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24th May

The live online creative class

The live online creative class is not only fun, relaxed and educational it has also given my girls something to look forward to weekly and a masterpiece or three to show and be proud of afterward. Both my girls have taken the techniques used from the classes to create more art through out the week. I would highly recommend the Creation Station live online classes. *****

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23rd May

Great club!!

my daughter loves vicky and loves doing create club. vicky goes out of her way to make sure the children get the best experience. we missed a session but vicky took the time to do a one to one session so my daughter didn’t miss out. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

We find Creation station brilliant

We find Creation station brilliant! A wide range of activities using all kinds of materials (all supplied to!) with a different theme each week. Very entertaining for my 6 year old to let their creative side shine! The host is very friendly and always patient with the children. The sessions usually last for around 12 weeks so great value for an after school club! My little one always looks forward to it! We are currently attending online creation station during lockdown and it’s fantastic! All Materials supplied to our door with super easy instructions to follow (all organised by our fantastic host Jude) It’s kept our routine which is very important for little people. We love it!!

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22nd May

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the…

Vicky is absolutely amazing with the kids, she make it really fun and keeps them engaged through out, she also lets me join a little before if needed So that I am not late for my work meetings. My daughter loves create club and can’t wait for the next session. I think it’s lovely Vicky has kept it going for the kids through these difficult times, I am very thankful as it keeps my daughter occupied being the only child and whilst I’m at work. Thank you Vicky ?

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22nd May

I love the classes Vicky runs

I love the classes Vicky runs. They are always very creative and my daughter loves them. It's brilliant that she has been able to keep it up during the lockdown too.

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22nd May

I order these letters quite regularly…good price, speedy delivery.

I order these letters quite regularly but noticed they had gone up in price from last time, so I looked directly at your site. I was surprised to see that to purchase directly from you was cheaper, so that it what I did. The speed of delivery was excellent and I will always come straight to you in future for my craft supplies.

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21st May

Lisa from the Bournemouth /…

Lisa from the Bournemouth / Christchurch group is brilliant. We've attended some of her classes and doing them live on Facebook now. The classes are great for my 3 1/2 year old. We all join in. Learning through play is the way forward

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21st May


Absolutely fantastic class really enjoyed the crafts kept my 4year old and 2 year old entertained. Worked well on zoom during current climate Thank you Eleanor