Fearne Cotton and The Prince’s Trust launch The Great Create to boost youth wellbeing

Fearne Cotton is the face behind The Prince's Trust Great Create initiative in March.

Fearne Cotton and youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, have unveiled The Great Create; a new fundraising initiative supported by Staedtler and its triplus range of creative products to assist young people’s wellbeing.

The idea is to get people to host their own Great Create parties throughout March, where they can spend time with friends, family and colleagues to make something together. The event is about encouraging people to remember how good it feels to be creative whilst simultaneously raising funds for the mental wellbeing of young people.

Fearne Cotton - who is also the Prince’s Trust goodwill ambassador for wellbeing - says: “By hosting a Great Create party with all your favourite people, you can enjoy the benefits of spending time being creative together; helping your own wellbeing while also raising funds to help the wellbeing of young people.

“The Great Create is all about giving yourself, and your friends, the time and space to talk, laugh and share what’s on your mind – all of which is made easier when you’ve got a creative activity to get stuck into.

“You don’t need any experience in arts or crafts to get involved and we’ve got loads of resources to help you plan your party – if you visit the Great Create website you’ll find plenty there to get you started.”

Great Create can take many shapes - from upcycling T-shirts to painting plant pots, hosts can take inspiration from a range of step-by-step activity packs or come up with their own ideas for making something amazing. The downloadable packs have been personally curated by the television and radio presenter and written up by young people who have been received support by The Trust.

Tara Leathers, deputy CEO and director of fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, says: “A growing number of young people who reach out to The Prince’s Trust for help tell us they’re struggling with their mental health. We don’t want any of these young people to face the crippling pressures of anxiety or depression alone and we are determined they won’t have to.

“Every penny raised through The Great Create will help more young people to improve their wellbeing. Your donations will fund art therapy workshops, counselling services and other wellbeing support, all giving young people opportunities to build their confidence, make new friends and learn new skills. Everyone who takes part will make a huge difference to young people in need of support.”

The money raised through The Great Create will fund future Prince’s Trust courses to continue supporting young people’s mental health. The Prince’s Trust focuses on assisting vulnerable young people by working on building their confidence and enabling them to fulfil their potential.

Philip Wesolowski, managing director at Staedtler UK, says: “In a world where looking after our mental health and encouraging wellbeing are arguably more important than ever, we are extremely excited at the possibility of helping a generation of young people to gain confidence, manage their feelings of anxiousness and become happier.

“Growing up and trying to discover your identity in a time where social media, fake news and reality TV dominate, isn’t easy, even for adults, and the anxieties that come with that can be crippling.

“With CHILDWISE research showing that children’s biggest fear is being bullied both on and offline [according to a recent Childwise monitor report], we want to demonstrate the positive effect that creativity can have on wellbeing and reducing feelings of unhappiness and symptoms of anxiety and depression.”

The Prince’s Trust recent Youth Index 2019 report revealed that young people in the UK are experiencing record levels of anxiety and that their overall happiness has flatlined at the lowest point ever. Great Create aims to provide young people with the support to move forwards with their lives.

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