Creative Club shortlisted for Epic Award

07 May 2015

Creative Club, part of the Libertie Project, has been shortlisted for the Epic Awards – an award run by Voluntary Arts to celebrate the achievement of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Ireland.

Homeless people and those living in temporary accommodation in Inverness wanted a space to get creative, to ease the boredom and frustration in their lives. They found that due to their circumstances, they had no money to access mainstream arts and crafts clubs and were often looked down upon and stereotyped as ‘troublemakers’ when they tried to join other groups. So with the help of the Libertie Project and a grant of £23,000 from People’s Health Trust - using money raised by HealthKind through The Health Lottery - they set up Creative Club.

Creative Club is driven by its members and allows them to choose what activities they want to do – to date they have participated in activities such as pottery, model making, furniture upcycling and painting. As well as providing people with activities, they have a safe space to come together and support one another. As one participant, Paul says:

“I feel I can be myself here. No one bothers that you’re homeless, no one looks at you differently.”

Creative Club has welcomed over 30 homeless people through its doors in the past year, with the weekly meetings becoming integral to many of the participants’ lives, as Tina explains:

“If it wasn’t for the Creative Club I’d probably be back on the drink and staying in my flat doing nothing. Now I’ve just bought a display cabinet to put all my creations in so I can show them off.”

You can vote for Creative Club to win an Epic Award by visiting http://blog.epicawards.co.uk/2015/04/libertie-project/.  Voting closes on Monday 18 May at 5pm.

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Notes to editors

Active Communities

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk                       

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk 

HealthKind is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Moray, Nah-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), Shetland and Orkney. http://www.healthkindcic.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

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