Create (arts) Limited
Create is an award-winning national charity that uses the creative arts to transform the lives of the UK's most disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Participatory workshops led by professional musicians, dancers, writers, artists and playwrights are designed to inspire self-esteem, confidence, trust and an understanding of others. By creating opportunities for collaborative working, Create's workshops enable people to develop new relationships and improve their social skills, creating supportive communities through the arts.
Create works with seven priority groups: disabled children and adults; young patients; young and adult carers; vulnerable older people; marginalised children and adults (including homeless people, victims of domestic violence, sex workers and those who experience substance abuse); schoolchildren in areas of deprivation; and young and adult offenders. Create brings participants together in specially-designed projects that break down barriers and help develop shared understanding. This is of foremost importance to its vision of creating a fairer, more caring, more inclusive society in which every individual has the chance to fulfil their potential.
During 2013/14, Create ran 553 workshops that delivered 11,762 contact hours to 2,096 participants. 98% of community partner staff rated their programme successful overall. During its 11 year history, it has now reached more than 28,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults. By 2016, Create is on target to double the reach of its work by 2016, delivering 1,000+ workshops annually to 3,500+ participants.
Create's Patrons include world-renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE, writer Esther Freud, composer Howard Goodall CBE, Royal Academician Ken Howard OBE and one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy.