Create works with a wide variety of disability organisations and special schools for disabled children and young people. Our projects are designed to enable participants to develop creativity, socials skills and self-esteem, and often bring together disabled and non-disabled participants to break down barriers and develop shared understanding.
Our projects are run in collaboration with community partners, which have specialist knowledge of local priorities and the participants that they exist to serve. We work in a variety of settings with the following key priority groups:
Disabled Children and Adults
“There are over 11 million people with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability in Great Britain.”
Marginalised Children and Adults
“1 in 5 of the UK’s population live below the official poverty line.”
Create works with asylum seekers and refugees, people who are trapped in cycles of homelessness, domestic abuse, drug addiction or prostitution. All projects are designed to enable participants to build supportive, trusting relationships whilst broadening horizons and raising aspirations.
Schoolchildren In Areas of Deprivation
“There are 4 million children living in poverty in the UK today. That’s 1 in 3 children.”
Create works in partnership with schools in areas of high deprivation to provide schoolchildren with unique creative arts experiences. Projects allow participants to take risks in a safe environment, express themselves creatively and raise their aspirations whilst improving literacy, social skills and self-esteem.
Vulnerable Older People
“There are 10.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK.”
Create works in partnership with day centres for vulnerable older people to provide high quality creative workshops, aimed to stimulate and engage vulnerable older people as they explore their creativity, build new relationships, communications skills and trust, helping to reduce isolation and low self-worth.
Young and Adult Carers
“By 2037, it’s anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.”
Create works in partnership with carers services to deliver creative projects that give young and adult carers a break from their caring responsibilities. Projects provide an opportunity for carers to build supportive, trusting relationships with their peers in a fun, safe and non-threatening environment.
Young and Adult Offenders
“Maintaining family ties can reduce the likelihood of reoffending by 39%.”
Create works in partnership with prisons to provide creative arts workshops for offenders. Projects aim to raise offenders aspirations, broaden horizons and encourage offenders with children to develop new skills that help them forge stronger relationships with their families.
“Research has demonstrated that the integration of the arts in healthcare induces significant differences in clinical outcomes and shortens stays in hospitals.”
Create works with hospitals, hospices and respite centres to deliver creative arts workshops designed to take the focus away from young patients’ illnesses, injuries and disabilities. Workshops help participants to cope with anxiety and stress, providing a distraction from their medical procedures.