Erewash Museum are sending out a little treat to vulnerable families this month with bags of creative fun.

Museum staff are making up mobile ‘craft packs’ which will be given out by local food banks across the borough.

Arts and crafts have been shown to improve mental wellbeing, and with many children at home and missing out on interacting with their friends, the activity bags, aimed at children aged between 3 and 8, help to keep them engaged and happy.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, said:

“This is a fantastic initiative for Erewash Museum to be involved with and the activity packs allow children to use their imagination to make artwork such 3D pop outs, masks and other fun creations. The creative activities helps to develop their imaginative growth especially at this difficult time when many are being home-schooled and away from their peers.
“Community leaders are already working in these areas via food banks so they are the best people to help distribute the packs to the places they are needed the most.”

Reverend Christine French, Priest in Charge at All Saints Church Kirk Hallam, commented:

“The ‘Everyone Eats - foodbank to go’ was delighted to be given 50 craft activity packs from Erewash Museum. The packs were given as a surprise to the local families that had been in touch with the charity for support with food parcels. We’ve had parents comment that it was a lovely thought when money is tight and lots of things, especially crafts, become a luxury. Another shared how finding things to keep children occupied is getting harder and costing more so the packs really help.”

The museum has already linked up with church groups with over 50 packs distributed by the Everyone Eats food bank in Kirk Hallam and the food bank at Arena Hope in Ilkeston and the museum hopes to give out more activity packs in the future.

If your food bank or similar community initiative would like to get involved please contact the museum on 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.