As a charity that works with vulnerable individuals, safeguarding is one of the cornerstones of our organisation. We understand that we often hold sensitive information on our participants and often have to weigh our decisions to publicise our work against the welfare of those we work with.

Over the last few months we have seen how data can be used by large corporations with frightening results. Technology companies hold the keys to our most personal of data – using it to target users with adverts and even influence their voting preferences.  

The new General Data Protection Regulations mean organisations will have to be far more responsible about how the data they hold is used. At Create, we are now working to ensure that we only hold data that we need to carry out our mission of empowering lives through the creative arts. We welcome the change in the law, which will help us connect and communicate only with those who want to hear from us. Our inspiring work speaks for itself and while we want to tell everyone about it we also want to make sure the people we tell are listening.

The way charities communicate with the public is changing and we must adapt to this change. As a small charity we need to find new ways to engage a wider audience and develop narratives that resonate.  We want to tell you about people like Paul (14) who care for his father who has depression.

“I care for my dad. He has, I don’t know if you would call it an illness, but something called depression where he gets stressed and upset very easily and it can be hard sometimes. I’ve been caring for my dad since I can remember. I think young carers tend to spend a lot more time with their family. People that don’t have someone to care for someone tend to be more sociable and have more friends.

We have been printing on t-shirts and bags for the last few days which has been fun. Making something gives you a feeling of pride. It was great working with a professional artist that has so much experience, she was able to show us new techniques and bring the most out of us. It was good working with the group as everyone had different styles and different ideas about what they wanted to make. Doing something creative was great especially as there were loads more resources here that we would never have access to at home.

Being creative helps me relax. Projects like these definitely help as they distract us and let us have good times. They help me realise I can do more than I thought I could.”

Everything we do is focused around the individuals who we work with. We know from experience that drama can build an isolated young carer’s self-esteem, that storytelling can strengthen the bond between a young offender and the loved ones waiting for him at home, and that music can help ease the anguish felt by the parent of a child with a life-limiting condition.

We look forward to engaging a wider audience and telling the stories of those whose lives we have such an impact on.

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