Castlefield Gallery contributes to Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Creative Care Kits with Publish Your Own Zine by George Gibson!

Posted on 10 June 2020

Castlefield Gallery has been working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, arts and cultural sector providers, charities, and businesses from across Greater Manchester to support thousands of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month 22,000 Creative Care kits are being distributed to young people who are not online, and so may be feeling more isolated and lonely during this difficult time. Each kit contains 36 pages of activities, hints and tips on protecting your mental wellbeing and a set of art materials matched to the activities. By working with local authorities and education providers, the kits are being distributed to young people aged between 13 and 20, who may be struggling with their mental health, or might be a care leaver, a young carer or not in education, employment or training.

For the Creative Care Kits Castlefield Gallery commissioned artist George Gibson to develop a Publish Your Own Zine activity and we have donated an allocation of the kits to our most treasured partners Venture Arts to share with the young people they work with and support. If you fancy having a go yourself, whatever your age, you can download George’s activity sheet here.
You are also welcome to download your own copy of the 36 page book full of ideas, activities and tips to support wellbeing. This resource is free to use by young people, families and those who support young people: Creative Care Kit.

For the full story, you can find further information on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s website here


Full list of contributors: 42nd Street, Arc, Born and Bred Dance Theatre, Cartwheel Arts, Castlefield Gallery, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Contact, Creative Industries Trafford, Gallery Oldham, GM Arts, GM iTHRIVE Arts and Mental Health Innovation Programme, M6 Theatre Company, Manchester City of Literature, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Manchester Hip Hop Archive, Manchester Libraries, Octagon Theatre, Our Stories Matter, Salford Culture and Place Partnership, The Lowry, The Proud Trust, The Turnpike, Unity Radio, Z Arts.

Creative Care Kits has been made possible with the generous support of: Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Curious Minds, Young Manchester, Trafford Housing Trust

With additional support from: Banner UK, Elixir Gardens, Modern Designers, A34, University of Salford, TG Nuttall Packaging and Mint Copies.