New scheme gets kids into crafts: here's how to help

This summer, join the Crafts Council's Let's Craft appeal to raise funds to bring basic art supplies to children who have been stuck at home for months during lockdown 2020.

Students from Bygrove School with Let_s Craft pack
Published: August 19, 2020 at 10:19 pm

This year's COVID-19 pandemic has seen hundreds of thousands of children stuck at home without access to basic art materials. Pencils and paper are luxury items for many families that are financially stretched to the limit, so The Crafts Council have launched their Let's Craft appeal to send supplies to keep kids creative.


Let’s Craft packs contain pens, pencils, brushes, paints, a canvas, a scrapbook and activity resource, so that children can be creative throughout the summer. The packs are distributed to families in need of support through a network of community hubs and food banks across England. Thousands of children have received packs already, but The Crafts Council want to raise £100,000 this summer to distribute 10,000 packs.

Here at Gathered we caught the craft bug when we were children and crafting has brought us years of enjoyment, comfort and community, so we want to pass on the many benefits of making to the next generation. That's why we're proud to support this appeal. If you'd like to join in too, here's how...

How you can help

Buy a £10 Let's Craft pack today to support the wellbeing and development of a child in need of support. Text CRAFT to 70085 to donate £10 or online at


All photos by Kingsley Koranteng taken at Bygrove Primary School in Poplar. Photo permissions for all children held by Mayor's Fund for London

Crafts Council Let's Craft Packs


Zoe WilliamsEditor,

Zoe is Senior Editor of, with over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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