Create and Connect with DIY from a distance

Logo for 'Create + Connect!' DIY's new project whilst staying safe at home

Lets Create + Connect !

This page brings together lots of ideas and resources to use while DIY and other artists with learning disabilities are staying safe at home during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We really need to look after our health and well-being while we’re staying at home. Staying away from our friends is difficult but we can still keep creating and connecting. We hope these resources will help us all during this very challenging time.
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We will be adding to this Create & Connect resource page on a regular basis, with a range of creative arts activities for us all to do at home.

This page is organised around the 5 ways to Wellbeing, the 5 things we can do to keep ourselves healthy (New Economics Foundation 2011)

This great colouring book, made by Leah Witton, will help you to think about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. 5 Ways to Wellbeing – colouring book


'Connecting' with DIY figures dancing around

Connect – talk and listen, be there, feel connected.

Even while we are not able to meet up in person we can still be there for each other. These resources help us to think about how we can connect with others and explore new ways of communicating with each other.

Click to download our resources to help you keep Connecting


'Giving' with DIY figures dancing around

Giving – give your time, your words, your presence.

It’s important for all of us to make a positive contribution and when we’re not meeting up it may feel like we can’t do this. But there’s so much that all of us can still give – whether it’s giving our ideas for a project or sharing ideas and suggestions by creating a review. These resources are designed to help us give our time and our ideas to others.

Click to download our resources to help you keep Giving

 


'Learning' with DIY figures dancing around

Keep Learning – embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself!

Learning new things can really help us to feel positive and motivated. Some of these resources share the learning from DIY projects. Others are about giving something new a go. There’s no right or wrong way to do any of these activities – there’s just your way.

Click to download or watch our resources to help you Keep Learning

Are you interested in film making?

Think about where you are spending most of your time during Lockdown. Can you film the view from your window? Can you film an activity or a hobby you have been doing during Lockdown?

Are you interested in making music?

Do you like art and making things?

Don’t forget to share what you do with us on social media! We’d love to see your versions!

 


'Being Active' with DIY figures dancing around

Being Active – do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.

It can be difficult to keep active while we’re stuck at home. These resources will help us to keep active in body and mind and help to move our mood as well. Once again there really is  no right or wrong way to do any of these activities – there’s just your way.

Click to download our resources to help you Keep Active


'Taking Notice' with DIY figures dancing around

Take Notice – remember the simple things that give you joy.

These resources help us to focus on the present and take notice of the simple things around us. When we’re colouring a picture or taking a photograph we are in the present moment, rather than thinking about the past or imagining the future.

Click to download our resources to help you Take Notice