• Creativity4Health
  • Creativity4Health
  • Creativity4Health

Why creativity?

 

Creativity isn’t just about art and craft. We can be creative in the language we use, the sounds we make, the clothes we wear... we use creativity to solve problems and think of new ways to deal with challenges, to widen our horizons. It is important because it helps us to adapt and respond to a rapidly changing world...

From DCSF Why Creativity, 2005.

Creativity4Health(C4H) was a groundbreaking project funded by the Big Lottery fund and Wellbeing Southeast and Arts Council England which saw 62 projects across the south east as part of Chances for Change. The C4H project was developed out of a growing body of evidence and research on the positive impact creative activity has on our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Key national policy developments across the UK emerging have led to an emphasis that all children and young people can benefit from developing their creative abilities, we have seen a rise in the promotion of creativity in education and it is a key component at the heart of programs and strategies to produce positive outcomes for young people outside of the education sector.

From Food art programmes, to pimping your bike to taking part in young people’s festivals and running Family Day picnics the participating local authorities across the South East have provided creative events and activities across the region and looked at how they embed and sustain access to creativity for young people in the care system and their foster carers to improve physical and emotional health and well being.