Stage Spiders

Community Youth Projects, Canterbury

Welcome to Stage Spiders!

Stage Spiders is a student led volunteering group based at the University of Kent which runs projects for children and young people across Canterbury. These project include: working in primary schools and nurseries; performing plays for local children; and storytelling at the Waterstones bookshop in Ashford and Beaney Library. We have won "Best Student Led Volunteer Group" in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and "Best Fundraising Event" in 2014.

We believe that encouraging confidence, creativity and positivity in children is immensely important for their development. Our projects aim to expand these social skills in children through the medium of drama, storytelling, arts and crafts, and games. 

  • To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our 'about us' page or read about the projects that we run in the Canterbury area.
  • For news of our upcoming events, fundraisers and socials have a look at our news page.
  • To read about our past events look at our history
  • If you would like to learn more about volunteering with us, read our join us page.
If you are new to the University of Kent, or are just curious about Stage Spiders, please don't hesitate to browse the site and email us at if you have any questions. 

New Committee and Project Leads

The brand new committee for 2015/16 (who will oversee the activites and running of Stage Spiders) is:

  • President – Alice Wilsmore
  • Vice President – Olivia Toulmin
  • Publicity – Laura Tresadern
  • Secretary – Lucy Woods
  • Socials and Fundraising – Gemma Wright
  • Treasurer – Hannah Brent

This year's project leads (who organise and lead our community projects) are: 

  • Storybox – Ruby Momoh
  • Incy Wincys – Olivia Toulmin
  • The Beaney – Ruby Momoh
  • Little Webs - Helen Merritt
  • Story Explorers - Lucy Woods and Gemma Wright
  • Stage Spiders Plus - Gemma Ridd and Freddie Main
  • The Play - Maddie Leeper and Ivana Blaskova

UKC Term Dates 2015/16

Autumn Term: 28 September 2015 – 18 December 2015

Spring Term: 18 January 2016 – 8 April 2016

Summer Term: 9 May 2016 – 17 June 2016

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