One sunny morning last January, me and a few friends gathered in a flat in Notting Hill. Over cinnamon buns and coffee we talked about putting together our efforts and skills to raise money for charity. That morning, Creating for Good was born.
What is Creating for Good?
Creating for good is a London based collective of creatives who use their passions and skills to make a difference in the lives of women, men and families affected by war, political discord and poverty. Through workshops, photo walks and individual tutoring we raise funds and give 100% of all proceeds to charitable organizations.
How it all started
It all started when my friend Jo Yee sent an email out to me and other fellow London Instagrammers to share a fundraising project idea. Her idea was simple: we would donate our time to teach a skill or offer a service and sell tickets to raise money. We all felt this was a fantastic way to do something good and give back.
Fast-forward three months and we have already donated more than £4,000 with our March Auction Social and We Love To Brunch meetups. A few thousand pounds may not seem like a lot, but there are people who will benefit greatly from it.
I wish I had the time to savour every one of @julietoscaryankeemagazine's beautiful bakes from yesterday's @creatingforgood social auction #wwim15❤️creatingforgood. _ I'm still flying high from yesterday's auction/Instameet @thehoxtonhotel conservatory to benefit Breaking Barriers. Thank you so much to those who were able to attend our first event and participated in the auction! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Am also so proud of the @creatingforgood team for all the behind the scenes work carried out over the last few weeks. Your dedication to giving back and energy in making it the best possible event has been inspiring and instilled in me so much hope. I cannot wait for our next event, a full day of creative workshops, on May 7th!
Giving 100% Back
We pledged to donate 100%. In fact, the money we raise doesn’t even get to us at all. Instead we ask people who attend our workshops / auctions / meetups to make a donation directly to the charity we have for that particular event.
Rise & shine everyone! Today is the day! @creatingforgood is celebrating #wwim15❤️ with an amazing Instameet and auction at Hoxton Grill in Shoreditch with 100% of proceeds benefitting @breakingbarriersuk. Tickets are sold out but tune in to @creatingforgood's IG Stories and the hashtag #wwim15❤️creatingforgood to follow along. And stay tuned because our next big thing is just around the corner and we will be announcing it today. Happy Saturday Everyone!
Our First Creative Conference
At the moment, we are very busy planning our next event: a full day Creative Conference at WeWork Paddington in support of Women for Women, an international organisation that runs year long programmes to support women in eight countries affected by conflict and war.
Each ticket sold to our Creative Conference will enable Women for Women to give a woman a one-year programme.
Through this programme, women who struggle with poverty and violence, who are denied basic education and health care, who suffer greatly from conflict, will find new opportunities to strengthen themselves, their families and their communities.
I've been wondering how one individual can contribute to good causes and spread hope these days. This morning, a similar group of likeminded ladies gathered in Notting Hill to think about what we might be able to do as a group to make a difference. And just like that: @creatingforgood was born. We're only 6 hours young at the moment but we know we want to run workshops, host panels, share inspiration and organise walks with donations that go 100% to charity. Any suggestions about the kinds of activities you'd like to see from us are openly welcome ❤️ And in the meantime, we hope you'll follow along. #creatingforgood
At our Creative Conference we offer a range of workshops about Instagram, Photography, Food styling, Storytelling and photowalks with London’s top Instagrammers. Guests will be able to choose three of them to attend. After the workshops, we will get together for a social media panel discussions and Q&A with industry people.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to get one-on-one critique of your portfolio from one of our many instructors and learn how to maximise your social media platforms.
Beautiful treats donated by @julietoscaryankeemagazine at our auction social. My little heart can hardly handle the generosity shown today. To the tireless @creatingforgood team, our sponsors and donors, and every person that came along… THANK YOU. The money you raised will hopefully make a real difference for @breakingbarriersuk and the valuable work they do. — #wwim15❤️creatingforgood #wwim15❤️
If you are a digital influencer, a brand manager or a PR, our creative conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn, be inspired and meet peers. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity to give back to a fantastic cause.
Come for the community, to learn, share skills and to give back!
I started Monday on a light note after quite an indulgent weekend. It's my fav skyr & fresh fruit kind of breakfast. ….. I often get a question what camera I use for my Instagram photos. The answer is iPhone. I will be teaching how to take food photos with a smartphone as part of our first @creatingforgood creative conference on the 7th May. Click the link in my profile for a full program and registration. We have a last few early bird tickets left! 100% ticket sale donated to @womenforwomenuk
At Creating for Good, we all feel very strongly about the importance of giving back. I am lucky to have everything I want: a family, a house, a healthy body, a good job and all the opportunities I could ever dream of.
It is important not to forget that there are many people who are not as lucky as we are, people who struggle greatly on a daily basis, people who need our help. Anyone of us can help. Small actions can make a huge difference!
It is shaping up to be a beautiful spring day in London. I've painted my nails, and sent my carb foragers out for flat whites and croissants. Then I'll be off to east London for the #wwim15❤️creatingforgood (I'll be posting stories for @creatingforgood if you want to see what we get up to.) . I hate it when sunshine steals all my sarcasm.
The money we raised with our March Auction and donated to Breaking Barriers, will enable 5 refugee women access to a 3-month work placement program (paid 1 day a week) by allowing them to afford child care. For refugee women who are single mothers the simple cost of child care is a major obstacle to them being able to enter the UK labour market. There is no charity or statutory funding in this area, so donations like ours make a huge impact on the lives of a particularly marginalised group.
When we first came up with the idea of getting together to organise creative events and raise money for charity, I had no idea we could achieve so much in so little time. In just two months we went from being a group of friends exchanging ideas over coffee to actually putting together amazing events and raising just over £4,000!
I can’t describe the pride and joy I felt on the day of our Auction Social event. Us volunteers at Creating for Good put in a lot of hard work and late hours in the weeks leading up to the 25th March to create a beautiful and fun event. The response from the public and from our sponsors was amazing!
Impossible not to get caught in #wisteriahysteria when you stumbled upon this beauty on your walk! Thanks to @benscanteen for hosting us and everyone who joined us today in support of @womenforwomenuk and @creatingforgood. Such a great afternoon! #ppfacades2 #wltb_creatingforgood #wltb_benscanteen #housesofldn #prettycitylondon
There were lots of smiles and laughter that afternoon. Having people come up to me saying they attend because they read about it on my Instagram warmed my heart. It proves that anyone can make a change; even little actions can greatly help a community.
I am very proud to be part of Creating for Good and cannot wait for our creative conference in May!
Still thinking about yesterday's @creatingforgood event we managed to put together in such short timings! Huge thanks to everyone who came, placed bids and created amazing positive atmosphere! And thanks to @candidsbyjo who got us all together! Next event will a day full of workshops on the 7th May!🙌🏻 Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mums out there!✨
I thought it would be nice to introduce you to the Creating for Good collective, which is made by 14 wonderful individuals. You can find them all in these photos: @candidsbyjo, @belleannee, @angrybaker, @jessonthames, @steffi_daydreamer, @whatinasees, @elensham, @hannahray, @sarkababicka, @charlottehuco, @siobhase, @roselladegori, @cookiesncandies, @aladyinlondon and of course myself @mondomulia.
Click on the images to see their beautiful Instagram feeds.
Confection perfection 🎂 // pretty pumped after @creatingforgood's first event today–fundraising 💰for @breakingbarriersuk at @thehoxtonhotel with room of lovely generous people, showing what a sprinkle of organisation, a dollop of passion and a whole heap of good-hearted giving can do to make a big difference. Well done team and thanks to everyone who came and donated! If you missed today look out for more news on @creatingforgood 💕 #wwim15❤️creatingforgood
The three charities we have decided to support are Women for Women International, Breaking Barriers and Just Bread. You can find more information about their amazing work on our website.
Happy International Women's Day! I'm donating a half day fashion/lifestyle shoot over at @creatingforgood on March 25. 100% of the proceeds will go to charity. I just want to say that these ladies behind @creatingforgood are selfless and utterly awesome. I can't believe how much they've achieved in such a short time. In the time that I've only managed to send a short message on a new app that they've introduced me, the core group have set up a website, lined up the venue, organised a few events, put together an auction and spoke to numerous sponsors. So please head over to @creatingforgood to find out more information on how you can help.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to all the sponsors and supporters of our events, in particular to the ones I personally reached out to: Rossopomodoro, Roti Chai, Taste of London, Pizza Pilgrims, Timmy Green, Boutique Spa, Old Spike Roastery, Cactus Kitchens, Eating London, Chocolate Tours, Taste Trippers, Side Story, Spoon Cereals, IC Park Lane and Royal Doulton.
St Luke's Mews in Nottinghill – always calm .. always beautiful and always with a well placed bike or three ☺️ it ticks all the #prettycitylondon boxes that's for sure 🖤🌿🚲. Exciting news our first event for @creatingforgood has just been announced – we are hosting an auction social @thehoxtonhotel in Shoreditch on March 25th from 3-6pm. There are some super items up for grabs and all for an amazing cause. 100% of proceeds will go to @breakingbarriersuk who provide refugees with skills and language training allowing them transition from asylum seekers to employment. There are only 50 places so you will need to be quick – pop over to @creatingforgood now to buy tickets -we can't wait to meet you😘😘
Thank you to all the hard-working, smart, passionate and kind people who make up our collective.
I always get excited about a good sunrise, and today I'm even more excited because tickets for the @creatingforgood creative conference on May 7th in London are now available. Join for a day of workshops on photography, styling, and film making, as well as discussions on social media and branding. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International, so it's for a great cause. Only 40 tickets are available so book soon. You can find more information here: https://www.creatingforgood.co.uk/creative-conference.
I hope to see you on 7th May at WeWork Paddington for our full day Creative Conference!