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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tooth Fairy visits Coin Street Nursery to talk all things teeth!

In March 2016 the Tooth Fairies visited 30 families and 25 staff from Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre Nursery and Family Support Programme.     The Tooth Fairies flew in to check on all those teeth, sharing their favourite toothbrushing song, the secret ingredients of fairy paste and the real story of the Tooth Fairies. Working […]

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 […]

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 […]

We’re hiring: Junior Designer

Hours: up to 15 hours per week Salary: £7.21 per hour  (£5,624 pro rata)   Purpose and background of the role: The Junior Designer will be a key member of the design team that creates ground breaking solutions that improve daily life for more and more families every day. This role is a chance to be a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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