Freestyle community

Projects CIC

Supporting communities across Teesside to flourish.

About Us

FreeStyle Community Projects CIC is a community development organisation. Our evolutionary purpose is to work with individuals and communities seeking transformation in Teesside. We search for connection to grow positive, holistic community.

We sense that a better world is waiting for us, so we experiment with creative spaces and bold actions to realise it. FreeStyle is an ecosystem of many projects. Each community-led and with their own relationships to the rest of the organisation.

Community Organising

Creativity and Arts

Hosting and Facilitation

Creating Social Infrastructure

Our Projects

We work across a wide variety of areas, all under the ethos of building stronger community connections and improving social infrastructure that can support Teesside’s communities to thrive.

Rediscovering our neighbourhoods

A collaborative art project

Creative wellbeing for happiness

Urban Rebirth

alleyway makeovers

People having conversation together


hosting powerful conversations

A Doodle and Pens

Relaxation through creativity

Close up of girl hands coloring eggs for easter II

crafts & creativity for families

Autumn Transformation

Deep Routes

shared learning about social change

agenda free social spaces

Person Playing Lego Blocks on Table

Sharecycle & Boro Bricks

A lending library of useful items

Open Sign on Store Door
Local Community Service River Cleanup Teamwork

The Exchange

a community hub in central boro

Poverty Truth Comission

nothing about us, without us, is for us

Meet the team

Athene Wherrett

I host our community venue, The ​Exchange and co-host various ​projects from there such as the ​Public Living Rooms. I also write ​most of our policies. When not ​writing policies.

I may be found walking my dog, ​building a massive space empire or ​smashing weights out at the gym - ​not all at the same time.

Emily Treadgold

I love creating event spaces and ​opportunities for people to meet up ​and collaborate/ support/ learn from ​each other and share resources.

I love to look after all my house ​plants and making crafts with my ​hands like knitting, macrame and ​origami.

Andy Falconer

A world of connection and human ​flourishing is within our grasp. I love ​experimenting with interesting ways ​of making space for this in Teesside. ​You'll find me playing with big ideas, ​tinkering with community ​transformation and building bridges ​between it all.

To rest my brain I find beauty in ​nature.

Sarah Falconer

I love all things creative and can ​calm, excite or inspire people of all ​ages with art and crafts! My passion ​is to show the benefits of creativity ​for wellbeing.

I'm a messy person with a million ​ideas but I also love paperwork, ​record keeping and doing things ​properly.

Bobbie Bailey

I consult on various ways to ​incorporate placemaking principles ​across Freestyle’s projects that help ​to regenerate underused and ​unloved public spaces by ​transforming them in to unique ​places communities can be proud of.

When i'm not imagining up new ​worlds you'll find me wandering the ​streets looking for the next hidden ​Teesside gem.

Exchange Community Hub

A retail unit transformed into a community hub for a wide range of community-led activities.

Open Sign on Store Door

The Exchange

Accessible and versatile venue in Hill Street Shopping Centre (Unit 3), Middlesbrough available for community uses.

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Public Living Rooms

Agenda-free space where anyone can come, to be around people and make connections.

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Person Playing Lego Blocks on Table

Sharecycle & Boro Bricks

Library of things available for community use based in the Exchange, includes Boro Bricks lego rental.

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Community Organising

People powered change through practical actions

Urban Rebirth

Public space activation, urban regeneration and community-led placemaking interventions.


Holistic wellbeing resource using maps and events to highlight community assets and heritage.

People having conversation together


Hosting powerful conversations around the big questions that matter to the people of Teesside.


Mindful art sessions in different locations around Middlesbrough.

Listen and Create for Happiness

A safe space where you will always be listened to. Learn researched techniques to improve happiness and wellbeing whilst exploring creative skills and making art pieces to treasure.

A Doodle and Pens

Mindful Doodle

A mid-week online Mindful Doodling session. Learn to switch off and relax whilst making beautiful art using easy to learn patterns.

Close up of girl hands coloring eggs for easter II

Family Craft Sessions

Try out crafts and creatively build with lego, with refreshments included. 10am-2pm every Saturday at The Exchange, Hill Street Centre.


Using our skills to host conversations that really matter and sharing tools to help others do the same.

Autumn Transformation

Deep Routes

Learning communities and sessions around social transformation and inner growth.

Person Working on the Desk

Commissioned Research

Working with partners to implement systems change in the wider world.

Work with us

Freestyle Community Projects CIC supports communities across Teesside to flourish. From Public Living Rooms to mindful art sessions we have developed a diverse range of projects that help Teesside thrive.

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