Children’s Services

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Moving and improving

At Creative Homes we are constantly reviewing and improving the playful solutions that we bring into family homes. We help families with a range of daily issues as diverse as fussy eating, toilet training and secure attachment, so it’s really important that we work regularly with outside experts to consult on best practice in their […]

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Arts Council and Unlimited help Creative Homes unlock doors to investment

Creative Director Sally-Anne Donaldson reflects on creative homes journey so far. Since 2014 Creative Homes has secured £180k+ towards the design, implementation and impact measurement of our service, with support and guidance from key organisations such as Design Council, Guys and St Thomas Charity, New Economics Foundation, Narrativ as well as 8 housing organisations, 15 […]

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From hub to home and back again

Partner: Ekaya Housing Association Location: Lambeth, South London Date: 23rd November 2015 – 11th January 2016   Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of working with seven families living with Ekaya Housing organisation. Ekaya provides temporary and permanent housing and support services to young parents and their children. “Wow!” A three-year-old boy says looking up […]

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New family, new foods, new ways to play

Partner: Rekha Vijayshankar, NHS health visitor Location: Lambeth, South London Date: 18th November 2015 – 5th February 2016   “I think the kind of creativity you share is really important, particularly for adopted kids”. – Polly, adoptive mother of one.   Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of how fussy eating brought a new […]

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What Is Toxic Stress and How Does It Affect Children?

“A supportive relationship with a caregiver contributes to the formation of resiliency skills against stress”. – Bruce Perry, Founder, Child Trauma Academy   The environment that a child is raised in has direct and real implications on the quality of that child’s growth and development. A stressful, or chaotic, environment can have immediate effects on […]

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Play as a catalyst for positive change in a family’s daily life

Story by Creative Homes, in partnership with Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre and Peabody Housing Trust. Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of how a visit from the toilet training sailor inspired a family to use play as a creative solution not only for toilet training but also to reduce stress in other areas of […]

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Our last Hub session!

To celebrate the end of our two months at L&Q’s Ira Court we invited families for a festive celebration at Hitherfields Children’s Centre around the corner. There was lots of troll rolling and stomping, wand making and a delicious bring and share picnic to finish. In the afternoon we made finishing touches to our “Magnificent […]

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Creative Homes: How it all began

It’s July 2013. I’m with Elodie. We are saying goodbye to families. We’ve been working with them for 12 weeks running family creative play sessions. Families leave smiling with the three little pig masks swinging in their hands, one little boy a firm grip on the wolf, clearly going home with him. Claire, one mum […]

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The Tooth Fairy visits the dentist

Last Friday, the 27th February, Honor Oak Dental Clinic was transformed by the arrival of a very special visitor. We invited families from our Lewisham Homes hub to join us at their local dentist for the chance to meet the Tooth Fairy! For many children (and adults too), going to the dentist can be a […]

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Pathways to play

An important part of what we do at Creative Homes is help link families to further support from other Home, Health or Play services. This can mean support with things like housing, employment or health care, but equally access to local play and cultural venues. We’ve learned that linking families to new services is often a […]

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