Housing

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growing independence

Hub Manager and Lead Artist, Charlotte Tupper, talks about how Creative Homes artists empower families and children to grow independence around everyday tasks at home. We’re at Ira Court, an L&Q estate in Lambeth, and we can hear children’s voices behind the door, we knock and Nicole, the mum, opens it. “Come in” she says […]

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 […]

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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