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Creative activity packs that use arts and culture to boost wellbeing for children, young people and families.

Engaging vulnerable children with arts activities and resources to boost their emotional wellbeing and growth mindset.

Arts Drop is based on 7 evidence-based Wellbeing Principles, proven to help children and young people to flourish.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below.


During lockdown in March 2020, Arts Drop was borne out of a desire to reach and engage vulnerable children in their own homes and care settings. Using the power of arts, culture and creativity to improve children's emotional wellbeing and develop a growth mindset.

Since our first project ,Arts Drop has grown and spread. Over 10,000 vulnerable children in England and Wales have received Arts Drop packs.  Over 140 activities are now available from the Arts Drop website. 

Arts Drop is not just for children - we are now developing partnerships with organisations for adults, older adults, and people with complex health issues.  


Find out how to connect with Arts Drop activities.

Developed in Calderdale by founders Elaine Burke and the Creative Learning Guild (CLG), Arts Drop drew on Elaine’s specialist skills as specialist arts and health consultant, former NHS arts and health manager and art psychotherapist for child, adolescent and family mental health. Together they devised and distributed clinically informed, therapeutically safe, high quality creative activity packs, specially tailored for the most vulnerable children and young people.

The 7-principle evidence-based Arts Drop wellbeing framework draws on health research and practice about supporting children’s wellbeing. Each Arts Drop postcard is available for free download from and fulfils several principles – they are fun creative activities that seriously support health.

Since March more than 10,000 vulnerable children and young people have benefitted from Arts Drop packs, which have been highlighted as a national exemplar of good practice during COVID by the APPG –Arts, Health and Wellbeing.  Our evaluation reports highly positive reach and impacts.

Arts Drop’s unique ingredients of the wellbeing framework and specialist clinical expertise make its model flexible, responsive and much in demand from other partners. Alongside the original Arts Drop, a second Special Educational Needs (SEND) version was developed and distributed in August 2020. And a third version – Nature Arts Drop – was a bilingual partnership with Welsh environmental charity, Cambrian Wildwood.

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Arts Drop FAQs

We’re continuing to develop and respond to the challenge of harnessing creativity to support wellbeing. Please see our FAQs for further information about our activities and processes.


Arts Drop was developed through a collaboration between the Creative Learning Guild and Arts and Health specialist Elaine Burke, with funding from The National Lottery.

The Calderdale pilot was generously supported by the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and Humber - IVE, Open Minds service run by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

In addition, business support came from YPO who supplied our arts materials for the initial roll out of Arts Drop and are continuing to support the project.