Get Creative Inside

This is an image of a sticker which reads get created with a spilt paint effect background

“There are lots, and lots, of positive responses. Thank you again for thinking of us. I’ve just delivered to a family that have very little. The children’s smiling faces made my day.”

David Fenton, Headteacher, Hollin Primary School

The national explosion of digital content left out many households across the borough with limited access to the internet, highlighting the inequalities of the digital divide. And for low income families, materials for creative activities were in short supply. We worked with partners to provide families with great ideas and the stuff to do them with. Our GMCA funding was matched initially by Link4Life, Rochdale Council and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing enabling us to assemble a shoe box of tricks with additional activities provided by M6 Theatre, Touchstones, Skylight Circus Arts 

RBC Equalities Team helped us to identify the most vulnerable families and children in the borough, for example Refugee and Asylum Seeker families, Gypsy Roma Traveller families and Cared for Children.

We then focused on schools with the most children on Free School Meals and/or with the most with English as an Additional Language (EAL). GCI! boxes were delivered by Sky TV engineers volunteering in support of the community response #SkyCares

Working with agencies and partners such as RBH, Rochdale Youth Service, RBC Supporting Families and over 20 voluntary organisations we reached communities and children identified as being most in need

Thanks to @BamfordPrintLtd for helping to track down scarce resources, and packing all the boxes.

You can download the booklet and other resources here and read our report 

"Our family would love to say thank you so much for our art and craft box we have just got, the children are having so much fun” 

Be sure to tell us about any work you make! We’ve included our social media links so you can send us your pictures!
When this is all over we hope to make an exhibition of the work produced so save your favourite pieces.


Downloadable Resources

Puppet Templates.pdf

Puppet Templates 2.pdf









With thanks to 

News 16 December 2020
Creative Christmas packs
Creative Christmas packs

Following the success of the Get Creative Inside! packs earlier in the year, the Darnhill Festival Association commissioned us to develop a Christmas Creative pack for 1,100 primary school children on the Darnhill estate. You can download your pack here

News 04 May 2020
Support from Pritt
Support from Pritt

We would like to extend a big thank you to Pritt (made by Henkel UK) who donated 4,500 glue sticks for our Get Creative Inside Packs.

Click Pritt's logo to find a special creative activity!

News 04 May 2020

Just a little note from all the staff team at Cartwheel Arts to say that we hope you are all well during this challenging time.

Cartwheel’s work has always centred around the power of human connection so we are fully aware of the impact that the distancing may be having.

We are working hard behind the scenes to devise a way of offering these creative connections in another format, as a temporary measure, and will keep you updated when we have something to share.

Following advice from the government, the Cartwheel team are all working from home. The office phone isn’t being manned, but we can pick up voicemails if you leave one, and we are answering emails.

This time will pass, and when it does we can’t wait to see you all and use art as a way to heal and reconnect.

Cartwheel Arts
110 Manchester Street
OL10 1DW


T: 01706 361300 

Company number: 2161995
Charity number: 519394

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