Shaun is a character that is loved as much by adults, as young people and children. We have developed an inclusive Learning & Community Programme to cater for audiences of all ages from 5 – 100+ years.

By being part of the Learning & Community Programme, you’ll be joining our flock of little Shauns! Every school, community group or care home that joins the flock will be gifted a little blank Shaun sculpture to decorate. You’ll be supported with a resource pack, tailored to your audience, that enables a range of innovative and artistic activities to support you and ensure everyone has fun while being creative.

For nine weeks, along with the rest of the flock, your beautifully decorated little Shaun will be displayed in the local area for everyone to admire and enjoy, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in our community.

Sign up to join the flock

How it works

The cost to adopt a little Shaun is £750. You can fundraise or donate the full amount to cover the cost of your little Shaun sculpture and help us, your local Hospice, to be there for those that need our care. Limited sculptures available, register today to join the flock!

Little Shaun is a smaller version of our main trail sculpture, and he can easily fit into a family car. Your little Shaun sculpture is the perfect blank canvas for you to be able to create a unique piece of art. Shaun will be ready for you to decorate. Remember that once your little Shaun has dazzled the crowds on the trail, we’ll return him to you to keep forever!

As well as your own little Shaun, you’ll receive the following as part of your package:

  •  Shaun the Sheep adoption certificate
  •  A digital Learning & Community Programme resource pack, to guide you through the project
  •  Your school, community group and care home name on your sculpture signage and trail website
  •  A Shaun reveal visit by a member of the Shaun in the Heart of Kent team, where you will find out more exciting news about the trail and the Learning and Community Programme
  •  Inclusion in the event’s trail map, website and app
  •  Your sculpture displayed at the Farewell Weekend. Our Farewell Weekend is when all our Shaun sculptures come together in one place for three days. We invite everyone to come along, to see our flock for one last time and say goodbye.
Download the Learning & Community Programme PDF

The benefits of art and creativity

Improves well-being

Art and creativity can take us to another world where we can explore our thoughts and feelings freely. Art can help children, young people and adults to express things that sometimes cannot be shared in conversation, as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate feelings and thoughts. Painting is an excellent outlet for people to expressing themselves through nonverbal means.

Enhances artistic and creative skills

Provides the opportunity to encourage creativity, for example, painting, drawing and modelling allows us to explore the use of colour, form and texture. Artistic ability, whatever our capability, enables us to use our skills and talent to express our imagination to create works of art.

Supports soft skill development

Creating art can help with everything from improving fine motor skills to boosting confidence, communication, creative thinking and memory recall. Creativity can prompt interaction and improve communication between family, friends and carers. It can even help us to make new friends.

Increases community involvement

Shaun in the Heart of Kent attracts and builds interest in our community, by joining the flock, you’ll have opportunities to engage and become involved with other groups of people with different skills and interests, generating lots of creative ideas and a network of opportunities for creating art, learning and socialising.

Reduces loneliness and isolation

Loneliness and isolation, for different reasons, can affect us all. Our programme offers a range of opportunities and activities to tackle loneliness and isolation. It encourages participants to connect, engage, be active and keep learning. Creative expression and using our skills to create art, helps to improve and build friendships which enhances positive feelings of well-being.

What did participating community groups think of our previous art trail?

“It was just fab from start to finish and the girls were so proud of Elmer the Brownie.  They could not wait to go and find her on the trail and collect their trail badge”. 

– Brown Owl, 2nd Snodland Brownies

“It was lovely to take part in a local community event and to see the energy that it brought to Maidstone as well as raising money for a great local charity.”  

– Mrs Planck, Resident Artist at Loose and Coxheath Primary Schools

“Seeing our Elmer in the museum along with others in the Learning Herd was a fabulous moment for us as a school. We loved the variety and the wonderful creativity that was expressed in each individual creation and that the trail was an opportunity for families to spend time together. We loved it so much we’ve signed up to do it again!”  

– Mrs Howson, Headteacher Allington Primary School
Elmer Elephant decorated with badges by the Snodland Brownies. The Elmer is yellow with the brown Brownies sash and dozens of small badges.

Get in touch

We hope this information has given you a little taster of what an incredible opportunity our Learning & Community Programme offers. To join the flock or to chat about the programme in more detail, please email or call 01622 790195.

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