Creative Care: Invitation to create
Artists are making these ‘invitations to create’ to help people rediscover the world on their doorsteps in creative ways. Research clearly shows that being creative like this helps people feel better, even when life is really confusing, which it certainly is now. Whilst the digital world enables crucial connectivity, our screens can ‘suck us in’. These invitations encourage you to step out into the world around you, reconnect with all your senses and with the pleasures of noticing, listening, making and shaping.
Five artists are working together on the programme. Over the month of May we will be sharing three invitations each week. Each invitation invites you to explore the spaces you are in, especially the natural world on your doorsteps, in new ways using only the simplest of materials and everyday objects. No special art skills required.
They are created by:
– Filipa Pereira-Stubbs and Caroline Wendling for younger children and their families
– Hilary Cox Condron and Sally Todd for teenagers
– Susanne Jasilek’s invitations for adults of any age
We share them all here together each week so that anyone can enjoy them, depending on whether you are being creative alone, or with your family and friends
Week 1: River of Colour by Filipa and Caroline – The Wonder of a Pebble by Hilary and Sally – The O-so-familiar by Susanne
Week 2: Look for creatures by Filipa and Caroline – What makes a place by Hilary and Sally – The images of words by Susanne
Week 3: Creatures and companions by Filipa and Caroline – Patterns in nature by Hilary and Sally – The images of words by Susanne
Week 4: Create a window by Filipa and Caroline – Making it move by Hilary and Sally – Balancing act by Susanne
In partnership with Mayfield Primary School, The Kite Trust, Cambridge Academic Partnership and our Arts on Prescription programme, they are also being delivered as part of care packs that include simple art materials and resources for families, young people and adults who they felt would particularly benefit. We will be building galleries of work created on our website and would love to see artwork that you create. Please share it with us and help build a creative and connected community. Send us a photograph and some words to describe it – using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, using the hashtag #creativecare or send an email to email@example.com.
Creative Care has been devised with Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination and children’s charity Blue Smile. We are collaborating as part of FullScope, a third sector consortia based in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with funds from the National Lottery Community Fund that also includes MIND CPSL, Centre 33, and YMCA.
FullScope’s mission is to effect a more accessible, relevant and equitable system to support children, young people and their communities with their mental wellbeing. Alongside this programme we’ve been working together and with the wider sector to identify clearer pathways to support for everyone at this time – below are numbers and details for where support can be found.
For people aged 18 and over - Now we’re talking - coming together in isolation:
Lifeline Plus - a mental health and wellbeing helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, is available Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm via freephone 0808 808 2121. The line will support people to manage their wellbeing, provide selfhelp advice or signpost to other organisations for particular concerns. Between 2pm and 11pm the number is managed by Lifecraft who provide support for those in mental health distress.
Qwell - an online wellbeing support, including educational and self-help articles and peer-to peer support via forums. Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via drop in or scheduled online chat sessions.
Keep Your Head - this website brings together all the mental health support available across the county.
For young people: Centre 33
Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of our projects.
Arts and Minds, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX