Charity and ceramics festival organisers send out packs for kids to get creative with clay

A Stoke-on-Trent charity has joined up with the organisers of a ceramics festival to fire up the imagination of children across the city.

The Hubb Foundation is arranging for activity packs to go to hundreds of homes, with support from the British Ceramics Biennial - who are also looking at new ways of connecting with youngsters during lockdown.

Each pack includes modelling clay, as well as a book of ideas and instructions to inspire children.

Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director of the British Ceramics Biennial, said: “Ceramics are fundamental to Stoke-on-Trent, to its history and heritage, its current identity and future prospects. 

"Ceramics too are the core of our creative work and how we engage with Stoke-on-Trent communities in year-round projects. 

“The current health crisis has meant that we’ve had to re-think how we work with different community groups, so it made perfect sense for us to team up with The Hubb Foundation and the great work they do across the city to create this inspiring new clay activity pack.

“We have also launched an online learning programme and campaign, #ClayAtHome, to get people to experiment and engage with clay at home.

The Hubb Foundation was founded just over 12 months ago by businesswoman and Port Vale Football Club owner, Carol Shanahan, to provide a lifeline for families and children in Stoke-on-Trent, with free activities and free meals during the school holidays. 

Since the pandemic took hold, the charity has ramped up its activities to support those most in need across the city, delivering regular food and activity packages to thousands of families.  

To meet the increase in demand, The Hubb Foundation now partners with other organisations in Carol’s family’s business including Port Vale Football Club, as well as the Port Vale Foundation, Summit Hospitality and Synectics Solutions, to provide the scope and scale to respond to the pandemic crisis.

Carol said: “We are delighted to be working with the British Ceramics Biennial.

“Partnerships like this enable us to make a difference to families most in need of support in these unprecedented times.”

The Hubb Foundation has recently launched a fundraising page, to support its work in the pandemic at https://justgiving.com/thehubbfoundation

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