Create is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.
Create’s focus is on engaging the most marginalised participants in inspiring, sustainable arts programmes in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is therefore low.
Every day, we reach out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.
We work with six groups of vulnerable young people: young patients, children with disabilities, young carers, schoolchildren in areas of deprivation, young offenders and young LGBT people.
Our interactive music and movement workshops elevate the spirits of anxious children in hospital. Every workshop rings with singing, dancing & laughter, reinvigorating each child’s sense of freedom and individuality.
We combat disability prejudice and hate crimes by uniting young people with & without disabilities at an early age. Collaborating to create a sculpture, animations or songs, friendships between the young people spring into life quickly and organically.
We give young carers the freedom to express their creativity, energy and personality through joyful creative arts workshops. By spending time with other young people who understand the pressures of caring, they can build trust, friendship and vital supportive networks.
Using the visual arts, vulnerable children in inner city schools can scribble, sculpt and sketch their way to enhanced self-esteem, enabling them to build the emotional resilience they need to cope with challenging circumstances.
We’re confronting self-harm and low self-esteem in British prisons by giving young fathers in prison an emotive creative outlet to explore their feelings and develop pride and self-esteem. Focusing on their role as a parent, they create stirring storybooks and profound personal messages for their children.
We’re taking a creative and innovative new approach to supporting LGBT young people. Using a broad selection of rich and inspiring artforms, we help each young person develop self-confidence and essential supportive relationships as they begin to explore their identity.
“Being part of the Create family has made me see how beneficial arts are to the community, how powerful it is to collaborate and how shared experiences can be transformational.”
– Holly Khan, Workshop Facilitator –
Create makes society fairer by connecting the most disadvantaged people to the power of the creative arts.
We know that unleashing creativity ignites imaginations, develops confidence and builds relationships. Like setting off a firework, our professional artists light the touch paper and our participants discover new found self-belief and a desire to try more, do more and be more.
We know from experience that music can help ease the anguish of a parent with a terminally ill child, that drama can build an isolated young carer’s self-esteem and that storytelling can strengthen the bond between a young offender and the loved ones waiting for them at home.
One spark of creative energy opens up a world of positive opportunities. Create lights that spark.
Create’s programmes are delivered by exceptional artists who share our commitment to empowering lives. All our artists are freelance professional practitioners in their specialist field who combine a passion for their artform with a love of people. They have exceptional communication skills combined with extensive experience of leading creative arts projects in education and community settings. They act as facilitators, encouraging and motivating workshop participants to explore their creativity, develop existing and new life skills, become more self-confident and have fun. All participants’ contributions are encouraged and valued. Artists are able to expand their own artistic horizons, exploring new ideas and developing ambitious programmes that benefit both Create’s participants and their own artistic practice. They are engaged in a wide range of imaginatively-conceived programmes that place participants’ ideas and the development of their creativity at the heart of every project.
Thirteen-year-old Gemma has been caring for her mother, who has multiple sclerosis, since she was just three or four. A typical week for Gemma includes household chores like washing clothes, shopping for food and cooking, leaving little time for her to spend time with friends. Last year she worked with other young carers and Create’s professional photographer.
“I care for my mum. Sometimes she’s in so much pain that she finds it difficult to walk or even make a cup of tea, and that’s when I have to help out. She had a relapse recently, and there were times when she just broke down and cried because it was so unbelievably hard for her. That has a knock-on effect on me.
“Caring is not something I talk about to others because they might not understand, but during Create’s workshops I met another young carer whose mum also has MS. Because her situation is quite similar, I felt like I could talk to her. It helps to be around other young carers because they understand what you’re going through.
“Create’s workshops help you open up to other people about yourself. It was interesting to learn about them and helped build my confidence. It felt great to spend time outside the house and take pictures. I’ve learnt how to take different types of pictures and how to convey my personality through photographs, and it’s a lot of fun.”