The Creativity Centre Educational Trust (CCET) is a UK charity set up by Dr Marilyn Fryer and Caroline Fryer Bolingbroke to widen access to creativity education and development. Creativity in this sense is about enabling people to think and act in more innovative ways so that they can find new or improved ways of dealing with challenges as well as developing the skills to create new opportunities for themselves and others.
The charity is overseen by its Board of Trustees: Sally Bassett (Chair), Dr Richard Perkin, Coll Bell, Alison Milner and Iain Burns. Dr Marilyn Fryer is the charity’s chief executive. Dr M K Raina is the charity’s external advisor, succeeding the late Dr Morris I Stein and Dr E Paul Torrance.
The Charity's Mission
To enable individuals and organisations to develop the creative abilities they need for tackling complex challenges more effectively, for creating and developing opportunities for themselves and others, and benefitting the community as a whole.
To be the go-to place for training, facilitation and information about creativity and innovation.
What we do
The charity has been working in the area of creativity and human development for over 20 years and has an excellent international reputation for this work. We run a range of community projects in Torbay and Devon as well as our international e-journal, Creativity & Human Development. Our work is published and presented internationally. Locally, we enable people learn creative problem solving and other skills that they can use to overcome the problems and challenges they face such as unemployment, loneliness and social isolation. We also run creativity development workshops for the voluntary and education sectors. We really enjoy working with members of our local community and local colleagues as well as our colleagues overseas.
Our current projects
The Creating Your Future Programme
We are currently running the 6th cohort of this popular course, currently funded by the European Social Fund. The aim of the Creating Your Future programme is to enable people (currently women) who wish to return to employment, self-employment or training, to discover what career they would really like to do in the future. They learn a range of creative problem solving skills and strategies they can use to tackle any barriers they face, which will also be valuable to them in their chosen careers. As participants realise just how creative and skilled they are, they grow in self-confidence and self-esteem.
Here are just a few quotes from some of our participants:
'A great course!', 'Fun to do!', 'I’m now thinking of something I never would have thought of before', 'The activities and support have been wonderful'.
Some of our previous Creating Your Future participants celebrate completing the programme
The Merry Widows Project
We started this project 5 years ago because we were tired of hearing that the older generation was seen as ‘a problem’ when in fact it’s a great resource of experience and expertise. This project has three aims, to bring together older women to share common interests and skills and to develop new ones, as a friendship group, and as a force for good in the community. To give just one example, one of our participants, a former health visitor who had previously had a stroke, wanted to create a Totnes branch of the charity, Different Strokes, which supports younger stroke survivors, since there was no such resource for miles around. This is now a thriving support group which meets regularly and is going from strength to strength.
National and International Activities
Creativity & Human Development
Running our Creativity & Human Development international ejournal is a key element of the charity’s work. The journal co-founders and editors are Caroline Fryer Bolingbroke, Dr Marilyn Fryer and Venu Dhupa. The aim of this independent, interdisciplinary ejournal is to publish research papers and features on all aspects of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and human development – bringing together these fields of study. It includes work in education, psychology, science and technology, arts and culture, business, and health and well-being. In particular the journal aims to provide:
- A place where individuals and organisations can obtain impartial information on creativity in its widest sense – being creative in one’s life and work
- Access to a plurality of views and perspectives on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
- Access to both high quality academic research papers and more popular features.
We are particularly keen to include high quality work which is not normally accessible to a wide audience and we welcome material from all disciplines, cultures and countries. The journal includes blind peer-reviewed academic papers, popular features, art works, interviews and book reviews. From time to time, we invite key researchers to guest edit special issues featuring creativity research in their country. And we really welcome readers’ suggestions, comments and questions.
This journal is funded by sponsorship and subscriptions from universities and other organisations. Feature articles, book reviews and interviews are free to view, whilst academic research papers are by subscription only.
Some of our earlier work
Previous examples of the work of charity staff include the UK's first international conference on Creativity & Cultural Diversity. We have also developed learning materials for the Department for Education & Employment (DfEE), undertaken creativity education consultancy for the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA), the National Advisory Committee for Creative & Cultural Education (NACCCE), and many others. Our work has been published and presented internationally - in Eastern & Western Europe (including by the European Commission), in the USA (Torrance Lecture Series), in Japan (Annual Educational Psychology Association Conference) and in Malaysia, in conjunction with the Opening of the Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition, including keynote panel membership for Forging the Creative Agenda for Malaysia.
Our charity’s work has been supported by a NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund Award, a Tampon Tax Community Award, Awards for All from the National Lottery Community Fund, an ESF-funded award, and many other awards from Devon Community Foundation, South Devon Foundation, the Arts Council, Torbay Community Grants and Torbay Community Investment Fund. The charity's projects have also been sponsored by the Lloyds Bank Foundation, Creative Scotland, the London Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and various UK universities. Equality in employment is very important to us and we have been glad to participate in a number of relevant projects such as the ESF-funded Bradford Equal, and Disability Enterprise Support in West Yorkshire commissioned by Asian Trades Link (ATL).
For more information about CCET’s work or how you can support it, please contact us.
If you would like to make a donation to support our work we would very much appreciate it. Please note this is not the same as a subscription to the journal which is on this page.
The Creativity Centre Educational Trust is a UK registered charity and non-profit company limited by guarantee.
Registered charity no. 1095342. Registered company no. 4023948.
Registered Office: First Floor, CEF Building, Broomhill Way, Torquay, TQ2 7QN, UK