New initiative invites public to get together and host their own Great Create parties
A LOCAL entrepreneur who was supported into business by The Prince’s Trust has joined forces with the youth charity to launch a new fundraising initiative that will boost the wellbeing of young people.
Together with Fearne Cotton and her Happy Place initiative, The Prince’s Trust has launched The Great Create, which encourages people to have a go at making something together, and discover how good it feels to get creative while raising vital funds to help young people.
The initiative is supported by STAEDTLER and their triplus range of creative products.
Jayne Tapp, from Liverpool, is supporting The Great Create because she’s experienced the benefits of getting creative first hand.
Jayne found that creative activities helped her to get back on track after a mystery illness left her bedbound. Passionate about encouraging others to get stuck in, Jayne is calling on the people of Liverpool to host their own Great Create parties during the month of March.
She said: “In making things together we can improve our own wellbeing, and the great thing about The Great Create is that we can support the wellbeing of other young people at the same time by fundraising for The Prince’s Trust.”
Jayne moved to York in 2013 for a management trainee job and an exciting start to her career. However, after just three months, Jayne collapsed during a meeting and had endless tests at hospital that proved inconclusive. Her health had deteriorated so much that she was now bedbound and needed help with simple tasks, such as brushing her hair, showering and eating.
“I was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME. Although it was a relief to have a diagnosis, I soon realised my health would never get back to how it was and that finding a job to suit my needs would be difficult.
“It was during this time that I found relief in creating things and making crafts. So, I was excited at the idea of making a business out of a hobby I love. The Prince’s Trust three-day Enterprise Programme looked at everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax.”
Jayne went on to launch Jayne Tapp Design in November 2016 and creates personalised wooden artwork, cards and gifts. She has now sold thousands of products across the world through Etsy and Not on the High Street. Jayne has designed an official activity pack for Great Create parties to help people create decoupage tins.
Fearne Cotton, Prince’s Trust Goodwill Ambassador for wellbeing, said: “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.”
From upcycling T-shirts to painting plant pots, Great Create 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 Fearne and written by young people who have been supported by The Trust. One of the packs includes an activity led by Fearne.
The money raised through The Great Create will fund Prince’s Trust courses that support young people’s wellbeing. The Prince’s Trust helps those young people who need it most, building their confidence and enabling them to fulfil their potential.
Search ‘The Great Create’ online to sign up and find out more.