Creative Homes aims increase resilience and coping and physical activity through creative play in the family home. Our team of dedicated early years artists and designers work with families (in their own homes or at community hub locations) to identify real challenges in their lives and equip them to tackle their needs head on. Family issues, for example tooth brushing, toilet training or overcrowding, can be approached in a playful way, providing a different perspective for both children and adults and encourage more lasting change.

One of the main activities the Tea Dance for Little People team have been working on, is THE SHED.

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Creative Homes has popped a shed in the middle of the Church Manor Estate of Viridian Housing! The shed provides families on the estate with a hub for creative activity. Throughout March we are inviting families with young children to come play with the “T-Makers”, a professional team of designers, visual artists, storytellers and musicians and then return home with a weekly creative challenge.

The Creative Homes shed is located next to the Church Manor Community Centre and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. We popped up just over three weeks ago and with help from local families we’ve painted the shed and discover a rare Ginko Bilboba tree growing on the estate, which we are recreating as a 3D mural made with recycled products brought from family homes.

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We’ve also set up a group whatsapp where we post how-to videos and families share pictures of how they’ve taken on the creative challenges at home. We’ve had some great responses from families who have been creating amazing characters from house hold objects, making roads out of tape and personalised boxes to collected recyclable craft materials.

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Families can join us inside the shed for short consultations that are all delivered through games; tea bingo is one of our favourites. By playing together we get to know each individual family and gain a better understanding of their lifestyles and needs. We’ve also been invited into several family homes to begin devising innovative and bespoke solutions with them. We look forward to exploring how we might design to support a family with three children sharing a bedroom and how creative play, stories, decoration and use of space can help to support the family routine of “getting to bed”.

The project will finish with a big community den build on the 29th of March, in Church Manor’s communal garden space for families to use throughout the summer. You are welcome to join us!

If you would like to get in touch, please email Sally Donaldson: sally@tdlp.co.uk