- 11th June 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Community Projects
Since Lockdown, we like so many other organisations have had to adapt and change what we have been doing. As we’ve not been able to deliver our normal creative workshops we have had to think of other inventive ways of inspiring and encouraging creativity for people at home. We’ve of course been listing lots of Online craft activity suggestions which you can see here. We’ve also got onboard with The Art’s Council Let’s Create Campaign and have started creating Craft Kits for our local community.
This project has and will continue to evolve and grow and the project does and we will update this page as the project grows and more and more community groups benefit from involvement. The project will evolve in phases and we will talk about all of them here and how they cam about, who funded them and who received the Craft Kits.
Phase Two: 350 Craft Kits for Free School Meal students at local Primary Schools
1 July 2020: We are now embarking on Phase 2 of our Craft Kits Project – a much bigger and more complex development. Using money from our Arts Council Community Engagement project we are in the process now of making up 350 Craft Kits for children in receipt of Free School Meals at 6 of our local Primary schools; Riders, Sharps Copse, Trosnant, Front Lawn, Barncroft & Warren Park. The packs will include the same as the Phase one kits but due to having more time to get materials we’ve been able to get more for our money meaning more children will benefit and their pack will be bigger and better then Phase one. These Craft Kits will be distributed before the end of the summer term for the schools to give out to their students… We’ll update this section once they’ve been delivered and we’ve had some feedback!
11 June 2020: Making Space spent the first few weeks of June 2020 assembling special Craft Kits for families using the local food bank to enjoy during these difficult times. Our hope was that it would help Leigh Park families get creative and have fun at home and with their family!
These Craft Kits are part of the #LetsCreate campaign and were supported by Arts Council England via Artswork the South East Bridge. Making Space also received funding from the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund. Investment from both of these funders have contributed towards our time, the materials & resources included.
Our first 30 Craft Kits included: coloured felt sheets, coloured and plain white card, bundles of colourful wool, colouring pencils, a drawing pencil, a rubber, pencil sharpener, felt tip pens, a gluestick, a pair of scissors, a watercolour paint tin and a paintbrush! We also included some creative activity suggestions sheets and some templates for the families to use.
We hoped at the time that this was just the start of a much bigger Craft Kits project and we now plan to use some of our budget from our ACE Funded Community Engagement Project to create more Craft Kits for more community groups… As well as other sub projects! We’ll make sure to update this blog post with more information when we have it!
The Craft Kits were received with much excitement and joy… Here’s some comments and some photos of some of the first recipients:
I thought the kits were amazing, especially the paint-boxes. My son has made a mask and a lovely card for his dad for Fathers’ Day.
Wow – there is so much in there
Thank you Making Space for Riley’s amazing craft bag. Not only have we already enjoyed lots of painting and making, it was perfect for us to make wrapping paper and tags for Daddy’s Fathers Day presents
My daughter got given a pack …….. my daughter loved hers it had lots of different bits in she really enjoyed it and it kept her busy for a few days
The arts are so important – especially as everything has been cut back in schools. The opportunity to be creative is important. These are great.