As well as these specially made artist items, the Care Packages contained the Futures of Care “make-your-own” Manifesto by artist Soofiya and young people at KRAN as well as other surprise treats.
The packages were distributed to 180 Young People across East Kent just before Christmas 2021; some in interactive workshops with youth leaders, some delivered to doorsteps. The young people include 30 young people at Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), 120 young carers via Dover smART Project and 30 young people in Pie Factory Music youth groups.
In 2022 People United will continue to work with these groups as part of Futures of Care. We’ll get to find out what those who received them thought of their packages and collaboratively build ideas and inventions for new ways of caring.
I’m an artist who makes work that brings people together to sense where the world is at and imagine what it could be. I made "Connection Specs" because I believe that when we feel seen and valued, we are able to connect with other people in meaningful ways. I think that these connections are the ingredients for a strong community of care in which we are all nurtured. Chloe Osborne
I make art about nature and the world; we can look to nature and observe how everything changes, and even in the most difficult times, we still grow. Like dandelions that grow through pavement cracks, we can often surprise ourselves with how strong we can be. I made this nature inspired postcard which you can colour in, give to a friend or keep it for yourself. It is accompanied by a tulip bulb to plant in Winter, that will grow in Spring. Being creative can help take us out of our everyday worries and give our minds a rest. Jemma Channing
I’m an artist who makes projects about how we connect emotionally. In the envelope that says "Maria’s Playlist" there is a short note and a list of songs. I hope you enjoy the playlist and keep the note as a reminder that it’s always essential to be kind to yourself. Maria Amidu
I’m an artist who likes to have fun and for me that often means using awesome materials and tools to create colourful artworks with groups of people. "Dab This" is a mini sketchbook with creative prompts for you to use with the bingo dabbers. You can dab, dot, drag and doodle with these inky pens to quickly create drawings and awaken your creativity. Becky Vincer
What else was in the packages?
The packages were filled with a range of surprise items. They were all chosen in response to the initial workshops with KRAN where we explored our favourite to care for ourselves and others. The items were edible, wearable, creative, practical and tactile. The images below may give some clues as to what they were!
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