Charity information


Create is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.

We know that unleashing creativity ignites imaginations, develops confidence and builds relationships. Like setting off a firework, our professional artists light the touch paper and our participants discover new found self-belief and a desire to try more, do more and be more.

Founded 2003

  • Mission statement

    We’re a national charity that champions local priorities by collaborating with our partners to tailor every project to each individual’s needs. We believe that everyone – regardless of circumstances, behaviour, age, gender, race or disability – deserves the chance to fulfil their potential. Most projects are collaborations with community partners which have specialist knowledge of local priorities and the participants that they exist to serve.

    Our focus is on engaging the most marginalised participants in inspiring, sustainable arts programmes – delivered in familiar settings where they feel comfortable and safe – in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is therefore low. We prioritise our work with seven participant groups: young patients; disabled children and adults; young and adult carers; schoolchildren (and their teachers) in areas of deprivation; vulnerable older people; young and adult offenders (and their families); and marginalised children and adults.

    “Creativity takes you away from this place and helps you grow. ” Participant

    We know from experience that music can help ease the anguish of a parent with a terminally ill child, that drama can build an isolated young carer’s self-esteem and that storytelling can strengthen the bond between a young offender and the loved ones waiting for them at home.

    One spark of creative energy opens up a world of positive opportunities. Create lights that spark.

  • Aims

    Create aims to:

    • To use the creative arts to empower the lives of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people by enabling them to develop creativity, learning, social skills and self-esteem.
  • Overview

    Established: July 2003

    Registered Charity Number: 1099733

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 14

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 020 7374 8485

    Address: 379 Salisbury House ec2m 5qq

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