The Creative Recovery Network is a not-for-profit Australian organisation that secures and promotes the critical role of the arts in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.

Typically an afterthought when planning community recovery, the Creative Recovery Network aims to get arts and culture sector a ‘seat at the table’ when the responses are being planned. We demonstrate the value and importance of integrating arts and culture into disaster recovery from the ground up. We are the arts-ambulance ready to respond.

The Creative Recovery Network is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Creative Recovery Network acknowledges the country, culture and traditional custodians of the land upon which we walk, work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future of Indigenous nations in Australia and abroad. We acknowledge that Australian Aboriginal sovereignty was never ceded.

contact@creativerecovery.net.au
+61 423 987 207

PO Box 101, Annerley QLD 4103

The Love Box

A gift from Creative Recovery Network to members and friends to show connection and a reminder that they are not alone……

If you would like to be part of this process or wish to let us know that a member is need of a Love Box please contact us at contact@creativerecovery.net.au

 

Recipients response to receiving a Love Box:

I arrived home on New Years Eve with a heavy heart. Exhausted and overwhelmed after attending the funeral of a loved one I needed time and privacy to fall in a heap and continue the grief.

I opened my mail and there was this beautifully creative box filled with gifts of beauty and softness that expressed care and love. I burst into tears, and there were such feelings of gratitude.

Nurtured within the scent of potpourri and angel feathers a ‘taking time out kit’ emerged: a repurposed vintage cup & saucer tea set for two with bespoke teas and more. It was an acknowledgment that people understood what I was going through, and an assurance that I would get through it.

As I sat quietly drinking my tea I reflected on my experience during the Cyclone Yasi disaster in Far North Queensland and the assistance from people and the creative arts projects and conversations, healing and community building through workshops including the Making Time – Artist’s Self Care workshop I was a part of with Contact Inc which evolved into Creative Recovery Network.

People everywhere are touched by disasters in some way and as a recipient of The Love Box, it reinstalled for me the importance of how the Creative Recovery Network advocates for individuals and communities, assisting in leadership with their preparedness and response during natural disasters.

The Love Box experience is the collective compassionate feelings of Creative Recovery Network to facilitate assistance for people to get on with living their lives with the recovery and the resilience process.

I look forward to creating more Creative Recovery Network Love Boxes to be sent out, knowing the joy of receiving one.

Fiona Croft

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