During the Christmas of 2020 East Durham Creates worked together with lead organisation East Durham Trust to create and distribute ‘Gifts of Hope’ to over 100 older and isolated residents in East Durham many of whom have been hugely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

East Durham Creates took care of the artistic side of the gifts which included messages from local young people, a lantern based arty pack, lovely knitted items from Knit for Peace,

Christmas treats, handmade decorations by our Friends on Prescription group, an invitation to join our Christmas singalong, and a poem written by Kirsten Luckins especially for them. Check out Kristen reading  ‘A Gift of Hope’ and talking about the creative process of developing the poem, here.

The Gifts of Hope initiative was a real pleasure to be part of, working with our partners and lead organisation East Durham Trust to reach some of the most isolated, often older adults in the East Durham community. The response was so positive – that the impact of thoughtful acts of kindness delivered by staff and volunteers to those most impacted and isolated because of Covid-19.