Bags of Creativity

We’re pleased today to be able to announce our involvement in the Bags of Creativity project! Thanks to the hard work of various organisations in our region, 8,000 vulnerable children and young people across Yorkshire and the Humber will be receiving Bags of Creativity this Summer. The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can get creative at home, by providing all the materials that they need in order to get stuck in with a load of creative activities.

Bags of Creativity have been put together for three different age ranges and each bag will contain around 20 specially designed activity postcards. In our region, Create Sheffield have been working with 20 local creative practitioners and organisations (including us!) to create activities that are tailored to the contents of the bags and designed to inspire and engage children in each age range. They are now working directly with social services to distribute the bags to vulnerable children via trusted adults including social workers and foster carers.

You can read on about the project below and, if you’d like to take a look, here are the six activity postcards that we’ve been able to design and contribute for the 7-11 age range in the project…

Bags of Creativity for Our Region’s Children and Young People this Summer

A new partnership will deliver bags packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to 8,000 vulnerable children and young people across Yorkshire and the Humber this Summer. IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, is working with Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) and social services in Bradford, Doncaster, East Riding, Hull, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield and York to deliver Bags of Creativity. The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can be creative at home by providing everything they need in one place.

The eight Local Cultural Education Partnerships have recruited their own teams of 20 local creative practitioners and organisations each to design activities for Bags of Creativity. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers have given training and mentoring to these local teams to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. LCEPs are working directly with social services in their local authority to distribute the bags to vulnerable children via trusted adults including social workers and foster carers.

Each area will produce Bags of Creativity for three separate age groups, containing 20 specially designed activity postcards. IVE has curated and supplied age-appropriate materials for the bags which will be identical across the region. For 2-6 year-olds, an orange bag contains vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11 year-olds will receive a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression . 12-16 year-olds will receive a navy blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity. LazenbyBrown of York designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge.

Verity Clarke, Head of Bridge at IVE said:

“We’re delighted that Local Cultural Education Partnerships, creative practitioners and organisations from across our region have responded so enthusiastically to Bags of Creativity. We’re really excited to be delivering Bags of Creativity in partnership with social services this summer to enhance the cultural sector’s response to COVID-19.”

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