creative:connection is our award-winning project that tackles disability prejudice. We bring disabled and non-disabled young people together to work with our professional artists to make visual art, music, film and more.
In a survey carried out by Scope and Mumsnet, four in 10 parents of children with disabilities reported that their child ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ has the opportunity to socialise with children without disabilities. Scope also found that two-thirds of the British public feel uncomfortable when talking to disabled people and that disabled people themselves think more interactions between disabled and non-disabled children would bring about improved attitudes towards disabled people. creative:connection has been designed to encourage the development of these positive attitudes among children and young people through the experience of collaborative expression.
Since 2013 we have run creative:connection across England, from Cumbria to Kent. The programme has empowered 954 participants, 97% of them saying they had enjoyed the project and working with Create’s artists; 91% that it had developed their creativity; and 89% that it developed their teamwork. In 2016/17, 100% of community partner staff rated creative:connection “successful overall”.
Earlier this year creative:connection won the prestigious Charity Awards Arts, Culture and Heritage Award. In explaining the win, the Charity Awards said, “The judges felt the creative:connection project was particularly strong because it cut across boundaries rather than operating in silos, and offered something for everyone involved. Rather than focusing purely on delivery to service users, the charity was able to produce an intervention that rewarded all stakeholders – not just disabled people, but those who interacted with them too.”
Now we’d like you to help us empower more young people, and tackle disability prejudice in more communities, by supporting creative:connection.
£10 could buy materials to bring together a disabled and a non-disabled child to create a sculpture.
£20 could help us produce certificates to hand out to 10 participants to celebrate their achievements
£100 could pay for the equipment used at a three day photography workshop for 20 participants
£250 could fund one day of music workshops for 5 participants to help break down barriers that keep young people with and without disabilities apart