Swinton-based non-profit organisation, Arts Let Loose have stocked up on free art kits for children to make lockdown a bit more bearable.

A record 1500 creative kits have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and are available for pick up from Freeze Factory Ltd, Swinton Square, Salford.

The packages include craft essentials such as coloured pencils, pipe cleaners, glue sticks and paper. Different versions of the kit have been released since their debut in May.

The group says its mission is to engage children and young people through arts and craft within Salford “typically involving some sort of mess!”.

Swinton local and mum of three, Amy Coffey, has taken advantage of the free art packs and said: “They have been fantastic!

“I have three kids and we love crafts but it can be expensive buying for all of them.

“There’s always something for all of them and this time it has been really handy -we got it before Christmas and are still using it now!”

She has a three-, six- and eight-year-old to cater for at home, since schools have recently been announced to remain closed. Amy recommends this kit to other parents.

According to a survey by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, almost 60% of parents to primary school children report that they are finding it quite or very hard to support their children with learning at home.

This kit aims to provide a way children can get using their imaginations at home and take some of the pressure off parents.

With many kits still available, visit the Arts Let Loose Facebook page here to enquire about getting a kit.

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