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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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Creative Homes Play Day

A play day for Newham housing, health and cultural organisations discussing cultural entitlement and access for families with young children. In July 2016 professionals from Newham organisations across the Housing, Health and Cultural sectors came together to play with ideas of how working in partnership and designing innovative cultural programmes that consider the family and […]

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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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Re-claiming family space with the Clutter Inspector

Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of how one family took control of their clutter to make more space for play. “We’ve collected so much stuff as a family, things just pile up and I don’t even know what we have anymore”, says Sami. We’re standing in Sami’s family dining room, the large window […]

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Making a space for play

  Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of how the Play Inspector helped bring a family together through play. “How shall we play today?” asks the Play Inspector “We could dance, build, create, read or role.” Amaya(5) looks at the five brightly coloured mats laid across the lino floor of her living room.”Create!” she says, […]

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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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Building trust through play at our hub sessions

“Funding Creative Homes is the best idea Lewisham Homes ever came up with” – Betty, Lewisham homes resident and mum of four Marit Vestby, Hub Manager for Lewisham Homes, tells Betty and Rob’s Creative Homes story The December rain beats against my umbrella as I walk to the Creative Homes group hub session at Honor Oak Community […]

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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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Trust on the doorstep

  Knock, knock, knock. The door is opened by Adina, wearing a jumper, jeans and a simple headscarf. She smiles a wide smile, her high cheekbones raising higher. “Hi Adina, we’re delivering ‘make your own toilet roll bus’ kits”. Kaleb pokes his head around his mum’s legs, his big round eyes shining and his face serious. […]

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Follow us to find the treasure

“Follow us to find the treasure, follow us to find the treasure”, I sing as I skip through the Church Manor Estate car park in green dungarees and gingham headscarf. “Follow us to find the treasure, stop!” I whirl around. A group of about ten families stand behind me, laughing and trying to freeze on […]

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