Packing the Bags of Creativity

Create Sheffield

In Sheffield, IVE and Create Sheffield have been working with Sheffield City Councils Children’s Services to distribute Bags of Creativity to children via trusted adults, including social workers and foster carers. The Bags include 20 activities designed by Sheffield creative practitioners, and all the materials needed to make sure the children and young people can be creative at home, by providing everything they need in one place. 

Alongside IVE and Create Sheffield, Sheffield City Councils Children’s Services and Sheffield Virtual School for Children Looked After were also able to provide funding so that 2004 children and young people will be able to access Bags of Creativity across the city.  Read more about the initiative.

Bags of Creativity has been a city-wide effort

On Friday 17th July in Millennium Galleries, Create Sheffield staff, with the help of their lovely family members and Museums Sheffield team members, received and organised materials sent from IVE, which would fill 2004 Bags of Creativity.

The materials received included balls of string, space blankets, plastic pegs, washing lines, mirrors, lining paper, pencils and crayons, coloured card, chiffon scarves, wooden spoons and more. All the materials needed to be sorted, in varying amounts, for the 3 different age groups (2-6, 7-11 & 12-16 years) who are to receive the Bags.

The team's mental arithmetic skills were dusted off and put to the test as they prepared 25 tables all filled with the creative materials ready for volunteers to do socially distanced packing on the following Monday and Tuesday!

What does socially-distanced packing look like?

We were delighted to receive so many requests from people to volunteer for Bags of Creativity packing. We had 40 volunteers who came from Hallam University, Museums Sheffield and the Sheffield City Council Social Care team. Everyone was in good spirits even when faced with the reality of wearing masks, gloves & using hand sanitiser. Tables were set apart so we could adhere to the 2m distancing guidelines inside and people just made it work! 

There was a great sense of coming together to do something good for the city. Volunteers worked really hard and enjoyed the opportunity to be amongst others working outside their homes.

It was great to see people talking and connecting whilst working towards achieving our goal, particularly the Sheffield City Council Social Care and Museums Sheffield teams, who did a brilliant job of streamlining the upcoming delivery logistics for the next important task of getting the Bags to the children and families. 

Overall the packing was a great success, overcoming varying levels of unusual challenges as we went, with the constant support from the IVE team. 

Coming soon

Create Sheffield will be sharing the work of the 19 Sheffield-based artists and companies involved creating the activities for the Bags of Creativity on their website, so that more children, young people and families are able to get involved and engage with arts, culture and heritage activities and opportunities as part of their Create Sheffield City of Young Makers summer activities.  In addition, you will be able to access all postcard activities from across the region on the IVE website. 

More information coming soon!