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.

Entrepreneur Emma Quinn, from Newcastle upon Tyne, is supporting The Great Create because the cause is close to her heart. Low self-esteem and poor mental wellbeing had previously caused Emma to doubt her own abilities, but with support from The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme she was able to set up her art therapy-based business, Piffy & Egg, and gain the confidence she needed to realise her potential.

Determined to help others facing challenges similar to the ones she experienced, Emma is calling on the people of Newcastle to host their own Great Create parties during the month of March.

Emma said: “I got involved with The Great Create because I used arts and crafts to benefit my wellbeing following struggles with my own mental health, so I feel very strongly about the issue. The Great Create parties will bring people together; a huge part of wellbeing is feeling a sense of community.”

Emma has come a long way since deciding to launch her own business.

“I had to leave my job as an intensive care nurse following a severe mental health breakdown. I researched self-employment, to work around my health needs and give back to causes close to my heart”.

She showed incredible determination and self-belief to launch her art therapy-based business, Piffy & Egg, after gaining support from The Trust’s Enterprise programme in Newcastle. She also provides wellbeing consultancy for workplaces with her company E Clarity Coaching.

At Emma’s own Great Create parties, she will be encouraging her guests to make Piffy & Egg’s signature copper craftwork pictures, and she has designed an official activity pack for it to help people create their very own works of art using copper tape.

“By hosting a Great Create party with all your favourite people, you can enjoy the benefits of spending time being creative together,” said Fearne Cotton, Prince’s Trust Goodwill Ambassador for wellbeing. “Helping your own wellbeing while also raising funds to help the wellbeing of young people,” Fearne continues.

“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.

Fearne added: “Having seen one of The Trust’s art therapy workshops in action, I know what an amazing impact they’re having on young people. I’m so happy to be spearheading a project that will open up these workshops and other incredible opportunities to even more young people, so that they can experience the benefits for themselves.

“When a young person gets involved with The Prince’s Trust, they open themselves up to a huge support network – new friends they meet on the courses, the staff who guide them through everything and the volunteers who help them to see just how much they can achieve. The whole Prince’s Trust experience can work wonders for young people’s confidence and self-esteem, and I’d encourage anyone who might benefit from their support to get in touch with them.”

Philip Wesolowsk, Managing Director at STAEDTLER UK, says: “In a world where looking after our mental health and encouraging wellbeing are arguably more important than ever, we are extremely excited at the possibility of helping a generation of young people to gain confidence, manage their feelings of anxiousness and become happier.

“Growing up and trying to discover your identity in a time where social media, fake news and reality TV dominate, isn’t easy, even for adults, and the anxieties that come with that can be crippling.

“With CHILDWISE research showing that children’s biggest fear is being bullied both on and offline[1], we want to demonstrate the positive effect that creativity can have on wellbeing and reducing feelings of unhappiness and symptoms of anxiety and depression.”

Research suggests that young people in the UK experienced record levels of anxiety last year and that overall happiness levels flatlined at their lowest ever point[2]. With the support of Great Create hosts all over the UK, The Prince’s Trust will do everything it can to give more vulnerable young people the support they need to move forwards with their lives.

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