Everything you need to know about becoming a community partner, and how to contact us

how we work

We are the UK’s leading charity empowering lives, reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing through the creative arts.

At Create, we run our award-winning creative arts projects with disadvantaged and marginalised children and adults by partnering with local services, organisations and other charities. Headquartered in London, with a hub in Manchester, we are a national charity that champions local priorities. We deliver projects across the UK both in-venue and online.

We develop and deliver each project in close collaboration with a partner organisation (community partner) that has specialist knowledge of its local area and the participants it exists to serve. This ensures that every project meets local need and is carefully tailored to community partners’ unique objectives and the participants’ interests and preferences.

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Our team builds a close relationship with each community partner, listening to what it wants to achieve and then designing a bespoke programme that meets its needs. We then select the most suitable professional artist(s) from our pool, covering 15+ different artforms (eg: animation, dance, music, sculpture), to deliver the project, supported by one of our Project Managers.

To ensure participants’ pastoral care, safeguarding and support, and provide detailed feedback to our team, we ask for at least one member of community partner staff to attend and support the project in venue or online. Many staff report developing new skills and ideas from our team, which they then build on. Each project delivers a set of agreed outcomes, which are discussed at the planning stage. These include: connecting participants to reduce isolation; enhancing wellbeing and confidence; and developing artform (eg: dance), creative and social skills.

“I did not expect the high level of involvement and the lasting impact that this opportunity provided us with, or that our partnership with Create would continue to grow through the initial project and into future opportunities.”

Community Partner

Community partner staff in 2021/22:


said Create enhanced and enriched their programme of activities


rated their Create project “successful overall”


said they would like to work with Create again


said they would recommend Create to another organisation

What Create provides

For each project we provide:

● Professional, practising artist(s) working across 15+ different artforms
● An experienced Project Manager, who looks after planning, logistics and evaluation. (All Create staff and artists are DBS checked and safeguarding trained)
● High quality materials and equipment
● Rigorous monitoring and evaluation

“We feel listened to, and it always feels like a collaboration.”

Community partner


Thank you for your interest in a Create project. If you would like to discuss working together, please complete the form below and we will be in touch.

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