Awards

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland. This year, we looked for groups and projects that showed resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and carried on being creative. 

Cast your vote in the People's Choice Award

A total of 31 creative groups have been shortlisted for this year's Creative Lives Awards. You can read about them here and vote for your favourite! The People's Choice Award voting is open until 31 January 2022. Vote now.

Winners

Judging panels from each nation will choose a winner for England, Ireland/N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Members of the public can also vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice Awards - and the shortlisted groups themselves will vote for each other in the Peer Award For Excellence.

Winners will receive an award, framed certificate, cash prize and free access to all of Creative Lives’ future ‘Creative Learning’ online training sessions. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: 

It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost. 

Touchbase Care CIC

Touchbase Care in Folkestone provides support and activities for people with varied disabilities.

So that their members were not left completely isolated, Touchbase set up a secure online facility where group members were able to participate in workshops and collaborate with each other and volunteers.

At least four creative sessions took place each week, including singing, drumming, creative writing, pottery and art challenge. Each activity saw members flourish online and engage on a deeper level. The volunteers pushed their own boundaries by facilitating an online ‘Sensory Arts Festival’, working to make it accessible for those with sensory impairments and access challenges and bringing in a wide range of collaborators.

"Some volunteers and members have now taken the lead on workshops initially run by tutors. These sessions inspired individuals who wanted to continue these activities and they now do so independently." Holly Smith, Touchbase Care

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