Why creative activities are essential for education, health and the economy.

Creativity unlocks potential and helps to develop ideas and self- esteem and so much more. Did you know creativity can also make a powerful difference to our health and economy too?

  • The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived.
  • The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health.
  • The arts can also help save money in the health service and social care.

These findings are from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry 'Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing' July 2017.

Creation Station Well being crafts

The report showed that engaging in creative activities can have dramatic and far-reaching benefits. Here is s summary of some of the benefits.

Health And Wellbeing

Arts on Prescriptions

The inclusion of visual and performing arts in healthcare environments can help to reduce sickness, anxiety and stress.

An arts-on-prescription project has shown the following:

  • 37% drop in GP consultation rates
  • 27% reduction in hospital admissions.

This represents a saving of £216 per patient

Participatory Arts Programmes

After engaging with the arts the following results were found: 

  • 79% of people in deprived communities in London ate more healthily 
  • 77% engaged in more physical activity
  • 82% enjoyed greater wellbeing.

£1 spent on early care and education has been calculated to save up to £13 in future costs.

Participatory arts activities with children improve their cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development and enhance school readiness.

  • Participatory arts activities are also shown to help to alleviate anxiety,  depression and stress both within and outside of work.

Healthy AgingCreative workshops  for young and old

Over the past two centuries, life expectancy has increased by two years every decade, meaning that half of the people being born in the West can expect to reach 100. Arts participation is a vital part of healthy ageing.  Arts therapies have been found to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress while increasing resilience and wellbeing.

Supporting The Economy

The UK’s creative industries contribute almost £90bn net to GDP; it accounts for one in eleven jobs, a rate rising quicker than all other parts of the economy. These jobs are also among the least likely to be lost to automation. Many of our commercial companies are shining examples of ingenuity and entrepreneurship. The link between culture and tech and science is strong and growing.

As well as a providing revenue and employment, the arts serve to reduce costs too. Within the NHS, some 10 million working days are lost to sick leave every year, costing  £2.4 billion. Arts engagement helps health and care staff to improve their own health and wellbeing and that of their patients.

Creative activities are well loved and enjoyed by many

Creative workshops for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren9.4 million in the UK are involved in some form of every day creativity, such as drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, music- or film-making, singing or handicrafts.

That’s 17%of the population. This is a dynamic and growing sector which will continue to see positive outcomes.

The report found that cultural engagement reduces work-related stress and leads to longer, happier lives. The report also stated that attendance in creative activities tends to be determined by educational level, prosperity and ethnicity.

The Creation Station, the UK’s award-winning creative activity company is committed to making creative arts and crafts activities accessible and available to all ages.

Programmes include:

With over 950,000 children and adults inspired, demand continues to grow for creative activities. If you would like to find out more visit The Creation Station or get in touch by emailing

If you would like to run your own flexible and rewarding Creation Station, find out more here.

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What people say

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29th Jun

Excellent service! Great choices!

In the middle of lockdown, we ordered a number of craft packs from Alexis and were very pleased with the service. She helped us to choose some fantastic kits that our 4 year old loved. They were all great quality and personally delivered very quickly. I have already and would continue to highly recommend the creation station. I also run a homeschooling group on Facebook and can confirm that the members have all been really pleased with the offering and service available.

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26th Jun

I absolutely loved Nats class!

I absolutely loved Nats class!! She made myself and my daughter feel so welcome on zoom!!! The class had a really cosy, casual feel, but I also learnt a new skill!!! Nat took time to make sure each of us felt confident! She valued our art and gave us lots of praise! I'm not arty, but I came away thinking I can do this!! This was my first class with Nat, and I will definitely be joining one of her classes again!!

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26th Jun

Fabulous Alexis

Had a fab online mandala class with Alexis last night from the comfort of my own garden in North Staffs. Alexis made the whole thing really easy to follow, went the extra mile with our resources and I was super pleased with the result. She's also provided craft packs for my kids during lockdown which have been amazing.

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24th Jun

Online Mandala Class

I really enjoyed the online Mandala class with Nat at Stafford South. She was really great at explaining the technique and made sure everyone felt at ease. There was a good mix of conversation and concentration! Nat was very professional, friendly and encouraging. I will definitely be doing more of her online classes in the future.

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24th Jun

Mandala class…

I attended the online Mandala class last with Nat, I loved it Nat made me fell at ease and had a great time creating some art. Something I am going to do with my children this week. Thank Nat!

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23rd Jun

Amazing mandala online class

Amazing class, Nat is a natural and it was lovely to see new faces and meet new people!

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23rd Jun

Very creative and different projects

Very creative and different projects! Fun for the kids!

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21st Jun

Create club

Amazing online Create Club. We have searched for interesting things to do online during lockdown and when the create club was recommended to us by others we signed up. We purchased 5 online sessions and so far we have completed 3. My daughter has enjoyed each week and so far her favourite was 'The Arctic'. She enjoys seeing some of her classmates and friends via zoom. Sara delivers everything you need for each week which makes everything very simple and enjoyable!! Looking forward to the next session!

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18th Jun


Great, I get time for myself and my 9 year old loves it, Lyn is very patient and interactive Well done Lyn ?

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18th Jun

Online button canvas session was…

Online button canvas session was thoroughly enjoyable and most absorbing. Really pleased with finished result.