Helen P. Stephens is a writer and social entrepreneur.

Following graduation from a music industry management degree, she lived in London, working for a number of music companies. She returned home to Liverpool and worked in a variety of jobs from Playwork to Digital Communications – She even had a short stint as a taxi driver.

Her passion is creative writing and her debut full length novel was published in August 2014.

In 2010 she set up a social enterprise to provide affordable web design services to voluntary and community groups. In 2014 she Co-founded Little Sandbox, a Tech Club for kids providing an environment for children to make use of digital equipment and resources to develop their tech skills. This expanded in 2019 to become a makerspace when Sandbox Workshop was opened to the public in a community library in North Liverpool.

Helen is also a non-executive director/trustee of 3 other social enterprises: VOLA Learning Consortium, Inclusive Economy Liverpool and Periscope Productions CIC. She is also a member of the Liverpool City Region’s LEP Digital and Creative Board.

She spends her spare time writing, playing video games, watching television and learning the clarinet. She supports Liverpool football club and is a Labour Party Prospective Council Candidate, standing for election in May 2021. She lives with her long term boyfriend and their cat Tilly.

Social Media

Twitter – @HP_Stephens
Facebook –ThisHelenPStephens

 

A Shared Universe

I'd always had a fluffy, rose-tinted, radial-blurred image in my head of authors: spending a seven hour working day, in front of their keyboard, writing their stories. All day, everyday. I imagined that somehow, they just knew what to write. When I wrote my first...

Rejoining the Community After Lockdown

It was Nelson Madela Day on 18th July and my Mossley Hill Labour colleagues had arranged a litter pick at Otterspool Prom, as part of Mandela67 - an initiative that asks people to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to the community. It felt like the right time to...

Learning to Write

It’s been a month since I finished the first draft of my second novel. I felt strangely bereft when I'd finished. For two months I’d thought about very little other than my two main characters. I’d imagined conversations between them. I’d fallen asleep, planning the...

Adjusting to the New Normal

It was Monday 16th March that I last went to work. I cancelled the two knitting groups I had scheduled for Tuesday in Aigburth and, following the Government’s announcement that non-essential social activities should be cancelled, we made the decision to close the kids...

February 2020

February was all about launching Mossley Hill Matters. This is really important to me because I want to know what residents think. In the run up to the first meeting I started engaging in conversations on NextDoor and Facebook - in fact it was largely the discussions...