Creative Care – exploring new ways to support creativity for well-being

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Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination worked with Arts and Minds and Blue Smile during lockdown as part of the FullScope consortia to launch and develop this new creative care programme. Fullscope, launched in October 2019, is a new collaboration between seven leading organisations that support the mental wellbeing of children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The partnership, with support from the National Lottery Community Fund and development support from Arm Limited and Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, champions, collaborates with and is inspired by the voices of children and young people, taking their lead in order to deliver its aims.

The initial focus of this new programme has been to develop resources to support people of all ages to be creative at home. Where possible these were delivered as part of ‘creative care packs’ but they have also been made available for free to download or access on line. To date five artists have designed a series of 12  ‘invitations to create’ to help people rediscover the world on their doorsteps in creative ways.

Thank you for providing us with all the amazing ideas and different ways to keep our children’s brains stimulated. We followed your guidance and collected as many different objects of as many different colours inside and out. My children loved doing the finding and searching as much as they did the creating. Thanks for providing the packages - made my life a lot easier for a couple of days!! do you have anything else up your sleeve to help spark the curiosity. Mother, via Instagram

Love the focus on natural objects & play, think we all need both now more than ever.
Clare, Art Therapist

The invitations encourage people to go out into the world around them, and reconnect with all their senses and with the pleasures of noticing, listening, making and shaping. Where possible online support was also been included - artists have joined Zoom classroom sessions (primary school partner) and WhatsApp weekly meetings (The Kite Trust group) as well as emails and phone-calls to encourage engagement and dialogue. Small films were also made to support some invitation and build connections for participants with the artists.

Creative Care packages have been sent to some of our most vulnerable families and have proved to be a lifeline to those that are engaging with them. One family in particular, who currently have no access to a computer or tablet, have wholeheartedly embraced the invitations given to them and have rediscovered what it is like to engage with the nature surrounding the place they call home. Many hours have been spent creating and imagining images and inventions for life outside their bubble. Many, many thanks to all involved in bringing this opportunity to our community.
Headteacher, Mayfield Primary School

Initial partners included Mayfield Primary School, The Kite Trust, Cambridge Academic Partnership, Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire Skills and Abbey Foodbank, and the Red Hen Project as part of this programme. The executive summary of the evaluation of this stage of the programme can be downloaded here, detailing the impact and learnings from this new programme to date. It is informing new iterations of the programme currently being developed for young people seeking support from Centre 33 and families connected to The Kite Trust, with this project also including a young artists as leaders strand. 

All creative care resources and films are free to access here.
(images of work created in homes in response to lockdown )

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