On Friday 6th December, the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards were held at the Marriott Hotel in London for 2019. As you may know already from Community Options’ ongoing coverage of the awards, we entered our Credo Creative Arts project into the Creative Arts category. The award showcases innovation through art in the not-for-profit care sector on a nationwide basis.
Credo has been changing the lives of people with lived experience of mental health for over 15+ years in the borough, by providing people with an opportunity to express themselves creatively through the medium of ceramics, in a warm and supportive environment.
The incredible impact that Credo has had on students for so many years was fully recognised at the event when Credo was judged the winner of the national prize! The judging panel said they were “blown away by the personal impact stories” of those who had used the service and gone on to become volunteers.
Gina Benjamin, Operations Manager at Community Option’s said: ‘We are hugely proud of everything that Jehan Haddad, Creative Arts & Learning Development Officer and the team that support her have achieved. Credo is a testament to how our charity strives to provide a quality of support that gives meaning and colour to the lives of those living with mental ill health. It is the epitome of our organisational values, championing innovation, inspiration and inclusion for people living in the local area’.
Credo operates from a studio facility in St Mary’s Cray, Orpington and offers sessional ceramic courses for people 5 days a week for a small contributory fee. Its courses are especially suited to those with lived experience of mental ill health although this is not a pre-requisite for taking a course.