Children across the city are being given modelling clay with their emergency food parcels



A charity that transforms young people’s lives in Stoke-on-Trent has forged a partnership with the British Ceramics Biennial to fire up the imagination of children across the city.

The Hubb Foundation is delivering activity packs to hundreds of homes along with weekly essential food parcels, including modelling clay as well as a book of ideas and instructions to inspire and inform the young users.

It’s courtesy of the organisers of the ceramics festival, who have been looking for new ways to connect youngsters with clay during the pandemic.

Barney Hare Duke, artistic director of the British Ceramics Biennial, said: “The current health crisis has meant that we’ve had to re-think how we work with different community groups, so it made perfect sense for us to team up with The Hubb Foundation and the great work they do across the city to create this inspiring new clay activity pack.

“We have also launched an online learning programme and campaign, #ClayAtHome, to get people to experiment and engage with clay at home.”

The Hubb Foundation was founded last year by businesswoman and Port Vale Football Club owner Carol Shanahan to provide Stoke-on-Trent children with free activities and meals during the school holidays.

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Since the pandemic took hold the charity has ramped up its activities to support those most in need across the city.

Carol said: “We are delighted to be working with the British Ceramics Biennial. Partnerships like this enable us to make a difference to families most in need of support in these unprecedented times.”

The Hubb Foundation has launched a fundraising page to support its work during the pandemic which you can visit here.





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