What an extraordinary year our 10th anniversary has been, with organisational growth of 10%, a series of awards, a £480,000 grant from The Queen’s Trust and 98% of our community partners rating our programme successful! We feel privileged to have expanded our Board with two exceptional new Trustees. We are delighted that our work continues to have the level of impact for which we constantly strive and that this is being so widely recognised. As one community partner wrote: “One of the things I love is the ethos and values of every single person we ever meet from Create: they’re warm, they’re encouraging, the heart is in the right place. Create is definitely there to provide opportunities and experiences for vulnerable people of all ages.” We are deeply grateful to everyone who has helped to make this such a year to remember. The last three months have been incredibly busy and I can’t believe that summer is fast approaching! Since I last wrote in January, we have run 14 different projects that have delivered 297 workshops (more than three per day!) and reached 786 disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults. We embarked on a series of new partnerships including sensory music projects with a group of deafblind young people from Sense, multi-disabled visually impaired pupils at Linden Lodge School in Wimbledon and children with special needs in Manchester.
We returned to Deptford Reach with our long-running creative writing and music project, Speak With My Voice, giving a voice to people on the margins of society; delivered a new set of ArtsAdventures workshops to young patients in nine hospitals, hospices and respite centres; took our Inside Stories project to fathers in two prisons; and gave dozens of young and adult carers a break from their caring responsibilities and a chance to be creative.
Our 10th anniversary 10 for 10 challenge is still going strong: Team Create’s recent Easter bake sale raised over £325; and drama artist James Baldwin will be swimming 750m, cycling 20km and running 5km in Crystal Palace, with 50% of the proceeds coming to Create. Please support him in his Triathlon by donating!
If you would like to get involved in our 10 for 10 Challenge, there’s still time – it runs until the end of our 10th anniversary year on Sunday 6 July: we would love to receive your Reflection and you can choose from a series of different activities including baking, making, creating and cycling. Every donation will help us to transform more lives.
We have been working with brand consultancy BrandPie over the past few months, which has given us an amazing £35,000 rebrand package, and with film maker Jo Gewirtz who has given her time to produce a new video of our work. Both are being unveiled at our private view of fine Chinese art at Bonhams’ recently renovated auction house in New Bond Street at 6pm on Tuesday 13 May. The evening includes Champagne and canapés by Mosimann’s, a key note speech by our Patron, author Esther Freud and tours of the exhibition by host Colin Sheaf, a world authority on Asian ceramics and Chinese art.
Colin will also be conducting an auction on behalf of Create. Lots include donations by two of our Patrons: a new painting by Royal Academician Ken Howard OBE; and a unique dance lot donated by Matthew Bourne OBE. We would love you to join us for this event, tickets for which are priced at £35.
Finally, do you have the skills and experience to join our team as Senior Project Manager? Find out more and apply for one of the best jobs in the industry! Inspired? Then please support us so we can help transform the lives of many more disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Nicky Goulder ~ Co-Founder & Chief Executive