Aspire send arts packs to students

Date Created: 1st Jun 2020

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Artswork have partnered with Aspire, Buckinghamshire, to distribute lots of arts packs to their students, which has been helping them stay active and engaged with their school work.

Aspire provide alternative secondary education for young people in Buckinghamshire referred to them by schools and local authorities.

The packs are part of Arts Council England’s Let’s Create packs and contain arts materials like colouring pens and pencils, glue sticks and card. Seeing the positive impact of the packs and knowing there are many children and young people in challenging circumstances, we have launched a fundraiser to create more packs to deliver to even more children and young people across the South East.

Image documenting the creating the packs at Aspire, Buckinghamshire Image of multiple arts packs

Talking about how their pupils are using the packs, one of the Learning Support staff at Aspire said:

“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the amazing art packs sent out to our young people. Genuinely, they have been a total god send to pretty much all who have received them! Art seems the one thing that all our students are able to engage with whilst being at home during these unprecedented times.

As you know, I make welfare calls to the more vulnerable of our students each day, most are struggling with anxiety or relationships within the family home due to isolation and not being able to have freedom and space. The wonderful art materials have enabled them to be able to engage with school, even though not academic (English, Maths or Science) but remain contacted with Aspire and its love and support.

Students are enjoying using these resources to express, give calm and even normality for a period of time in their day. It’s wonderful for them to be able to tell me when I’m phoning that ‘YES’ they are doing school work and take real pride in doing so – Probably for the first time in a long time they are remaining contacted and engaged with learning! Parents are so thankful.

I appreciate that finding equipment and materials is costly and very time consuming. Thank you for the amazing gifts and opportunities that you have created and given to our students.”

Image documenting creating the arts packs at Aspire, Buckinghamshire Image of an arts pack, containing pencils, card, a glue stick, colouring pens, colouring pencils, a rubber and a pencil case

A tutor also mentioned how one of their students has been helped massively by receiving an arts pack:

“She’s been busy working away in her art book with the supplies that the art department gave out last week. She’s going to try and take a picture and send it to the art department. She also said that by having the art to inspire her, she felt she was finally able to pick up the book “The fault in our Stars” and follow along on Instagram to do the work. It’s amazing what an art kit can do!”

It is amazing to see how giving to create can help so many children and young people not only find a little bit more joy in their life, but also stay focussed on their school work and inspire them to go further.

A huge thank you to everyone at Aspire who has helped to get the arts packs out to their students!

Through Arts Council England’s ‘Let’s Create’ packs, we have so far been able to reach 3,000 disadvantaged children and young people in the South East, but there are so many more, who will benefit from a creative pack.

To donate or find out more about how you can help, click here.

Image credits: Elizabeth Bernardes

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