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The happy box!

Lewisham Mother of three tells her lockdown Creative Homes Play Pack story: As a mother of three, I found it quite challenging to find activities to engage all my children at once at home. My husband and I work full time, and one of our children has learning difficulties. Throughout the week, I am generally […]

Play in a box!

Lewisham mum of 2 children, age 3 and 14 months tells us how Creative Homes Play Packs have supported her family through lockdown. We missed going out to groups, singing class and particularly libraries. We are experiencing a sense of isolation. Sometimes we go to the park and playground – but having to clean equipment […]

Creative play packs through 2020 lockdowns

More than 1000 children and parents received free creative play packs to support them through 2020 lockdowns. Social enterprise Creative Homes partnered with London organisations and councils to develop and deliver unique play resources to 950 vulnerable families with young children struggling with lockdowns. Having started with a project in the South London borough of […]

Becoming a Creative Homes Parent Volunteer

Sarah tells her Creative Homes story. A journey from her first playgroup session to becoming a community leader.. When I first came across Creative Homes I was so happy to have found this opportunity locally. I liked the way Creative Homes designed their play space and Elsie (2) and Nicole (4) were so attracted to […]

My son can play! What a relief!

Partner: L&Q Location: Wandle Valley – Sutton Date: 2019 Mum, Alina tells her story of discovering Creative Homes and what the playgroup has brought to herself and her son. “I was looking for something new for Adrian, aged 2, and me to do together. We were going to a Tumble Park but the other kids seemed bigger, there was […]

Play Furniture Evolutions

Partner: Peabody housing association Location: Lambeth, South London Date: 17th January – 28th March 2017 “[Creative Homes] helped us find new ways of playing, you made me realise it’s not about having lots of toys, you can use whatever you have”. – Belinda, mother of three. Hub Manager Helen Maier tells the story of how a piece of […]

It’s not just a playgroup

Hub Manager and Lead Artist Helen tells the story of two families she met during an 18-week Creative Homes hub and in Mitcham that ran from October to March 2018, in partnership with L&Q housing. When we start a new project we can never predict who we will meet, each time I’m surprised despite myself by just […]

How endings brings new beginnings: A story of community building

Hub manger Charlotte shares stories from the 12-week Creative Homes hub in Mitcham that ran from January to April 2017, in partnership with L&Q housing association. We are often overwhelmed by how a group like this can bring a community together but our Mitcham hub had a particularly memorable ending. Through our group sessions and craft packs delivered […]

Play with whatever you have

Partner: Peabody housing association Location: Lambeth, South London Date: 17th January – 28th March 2017 “[Creative Homes] helped us find new ways of playing, you made me realise it’s not about having lots of toys, you can use whatever you have”. – Belinda, mother of three. Hub Manager Helen Maier tells the story of how […]

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 […]

Adapting your early years practice to a Challenging Circumstances context

What role do the arts and music education play in our work with early years and families in challenging circumstances? What barriers do children in early years and their families face to accessing arts activities? What are the key skills and approaches we need to adopt to work in these contexts? Adapting your early years practice to […]

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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