What we do

We Provide free Arts & Crafts materials and support, to help groups that support Disadvantaged Children, Vulnerable Adults and people of all ages with Learning Disabilities or Special Needs in the Essex area.



Why we do it

Arts & Crafts are important for people of all ages with special needs or learning disabilities and can help in many ways including:

  • Building fine motor and problem-solving skills
  • Enhancing communication and expression
  • Promoting self-esteem and motivation to succeed

For people suffering with Dementia, Art and colour can be used to express thoughts, feelings and memories. It can help engage attention and may improve symptoms of anxiety and apathy. 


Arts and crafts offer many health benefits, such as:
  • Increasing brain productivity
  • Lessening the effects of serious health conditions
  • Developing motor and coordination skills in young children
  • Serving as a stress outlet
  • Improving visual learning practices, as well as memory and language skills in young children

The impact Art can have on health and well-being can be seen at all stages of life. From early childhood through adolescence and youth, arts education can support the social and emotional needs of children, helping them better to cope with their feelings, to bounce back from adversity, and to show tolerance and compassion for others. For older adults, greater frequency of arts participation has been linked to positive health outcomes. 

Creative arts and all forms of Social Interaction can help to address specific physical and mental health conditions and can improve the quality of life for patients and their caregivers. It is well recognised that’s towns and neighbourhoods engaging in arts-based strategies can contribute to greater social cohesion, health equity, and community well-being.

How we help

We believe in the Community and do all we can to help those Groups who feel the same. Get Started Art CIC is delighted to help support amazing Community Groups such as 'The Thurrock Play Network', 'Changing Pathways' and the 'Friends of Grays Town Park' among many others.


These are some of the local Community Groups and Charities that Get Started Art are truly proud to support.


Zoe Mckee - Operations Manager – Thurrock & EDAPP Health Services 

"Get started art has mad a huge difference to many of the children currently in Thurrock refuge. Watching the children being creative with the materials donated to them has allowed them to express themselves freely without worry. We can't thank get started art enough. 

Get Started Art donated cups & materials for the children to create a personalised cup for their mums on Mothers Day. The smiles on their faces when they gave mums their cups was a memory to treasure. Xx"


Emma Morgan - Fundraising Officer, Department of Fundraising

"Our grateful thanks for so kindly donating the arts and craft supplies to our Children’s ward here at Basildon Hospital The staff are very grateful for the new supplies there will come fantastic creative artwork being produced by the children very soon! We can’t thank you enough for such an amazing donation".


Laura Hall - Project Worker - Open Door Thurrock

"Through a variety of arts and crafts, generously provided by Get Started, young individuals have found not only a canvas for creativity but a lifeline for their mental well-being. These artistic opportunities have given our young people a place to paint and craft freely, capturing their thoughts, feelings and to be able to express any emotions they are feeling. It has also enabled groups of young people to come together and talk about their mutual interests of art and form friendships they otherwise would struggle with."


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