Create May 18 What we've been up to this month: May has seen us run an exciting range of projects, from working with young people with disabilities in East London to create a film score, to exploring drama with young carers in Brighton! Other projects this month included bringing music and movement to young patients in hospitals, hospices and respite centres and painting with young carers in Uxbridge, West London. During May, we also had a fantastic time at Queensmill School, a specialist school for children and young people diagnosed with autism in west London, where our professional artist helped the pupils create a model city using everything from collage to sculpture! Andrew Nowak, Deputy Head at Queensmill, spoke to us about the impact our project is having at the school: “The work Create is doing is valuable because the young people [at Queensmill] have significant challenges in terms of imagination, creative thought and working with others. Projects where we’re challenging the young people to work creatively, to work with their peers, to come up with new ideas outside their areas of interest, play a significant role in their education. "I don’t think you can underestimate how difficult the young people here find it at times to work collaboratively, to work creatively, so I think any project where we’ve got people who want to provide support in developing those skills is of vital importance. “The Create team have come in and made the project so exciting that the young people have bought into it straight away. The artist and staff working with the young people are guiding them, but it’s very much directed by the pupils. “One thing we know about autism is that lots of skills that are perhaps inherent in other people we have to teach, so projects like this teach the young people to be creative, to use their imagination; the hope is when they come up against those challenges again they can reflect on those experiences and they can think about how they can succeed. This project will serve as a reference point for those young people, so at times when we are challenging them to think creatively or when we are asking them to work together, we can say: ‘think back to that time when you did that Create project, think about the skills you used, how did you approach it?’ “The project is also getting them to think about things they wouldn’t otherwise think about. With young people with additional needs you can fall into a trap of having quite a narrow curriculum and being really focussed on core skills, but they need to learn about everything and understand the world.” Also this month: A new case study on our website tells the story of Paul, a young carer we worked with who found that taking part in a Create project boosted his confidence. A look behind the scenes as young people with disabilities in east London work on their short film with our professional filmmaker. Check out this amazing photo taken by a young carer in Camden!