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Staying creative helps us feel good!

We value the importance of creativity for children, which needs to be nurtured now more than ever. This is why, thanks to support from the National Lottery, we’ve been distributing art activity packs to 25,000 children and young people across the country.

The Let’s Create packs are aimed at primary and secondary school-aged children who are currently most in need of support, and contain easy-to-follow creative activities developed in partnership with  2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou. 

Along with our Bridge organisations, we’re working with Local Authorities and charities, who supply fresh meals and other community services, to reach those most in need of support during the coronavirus crisis. We’ve been able to fund the Let’s Create packs thanks to vital investment from the National Lottery and our project partners, Crafts Council and Art Fund.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England: 

“Thanks to National Lottery players, we’re helping children to lead creative lives during lockdown. We know that being creative teaches young people new skills, as well as increasing their overall happiness and wellbeing. These art boxes will help more children from every background get the chance to flourish despite the challenges they’re facing right now.”

Each Let’s Create pack contains art supplies, such as pens, pencils, paper, crayons and a scrapbook, as well as a resource full of creative activities to fuel children’s imaginations and support their wellbeing through creativity.

Andria Zafirakou, explains that

“never has the liberating and transformative power of art been more needed than in Britain under lockdown. Letting young people's imaginations run loose on paper can boost their mental wellbeing and confidence, as well as bring them fun and joy. This is so vital for them at such a confining and uncertain time in their lives.”

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