About us, our history and what we do
We’re a team of three experienced craft tutors (Helen, Kate and Zulay) on a mission to help people improve their health and wellbeing by trying out a wide range of crafting activities. We’ve seen through our own personal struggles with reduced mental health just how much difference these activities can make to people and this was what inspired us to set up our social enterprise.
For over 7 years we have been running workshops in Sefton at Care homes and Community settings, the first two years Helen and Zulay did it on a voluntarily basis. The feedback received has been hugely positive, and together with Kate, we became a formal social enterprise in 2015, focusing on using our skills to help others. We have supported 1000s of beneficiaries. Being creative enables us to escape the humdrum of daily life for a while, to relax and enjoy the freedom of experimentation. Our brains and hands are working and creating which, in turn, brings an enormous sense of achievement.
We design and deliver projects for the benefit of people in the community suffering loneliness, those living with cancer and other debilitating illnesses, young mothers struggling with PND, those in recovery from substance/alcohol misuse, older people at risk of isolation, young people with additional needs, their loved ones and carers. We work in partnership with other groups across Merseyside to be able to reach further and support more people.
We have had the privilege of receiving funding from Big Lottery Awards for All for three, year long, projects. In 2018 we were awarded funding for a two year programme of workshops by The National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities. Thanks to funders such as Tesco Bags of Life, Living Well Sefton, HOP -Happy older people- The Community foundation for Lancashire and Merseyside, Sefton Mayoral Office and The Co-operative Community Fund, we have been able to provide projects, free of charge, to many charities and community groups in the Merseyside and Lancashire region.
We have worked in partnership with several charities and community centres organisations such as:
Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association (WACA) is a registered charity in Woodvale, Southport providing vital support and activities for people in the local community.
Macmillan Cancer Care– Initially a 36 week course, we have since facilitated many 6 week projects for people living with cancer.
Daisy Chain, a small charity based in Formby supporting those affected by cancer.
Life Rooms– A centre in Southport supporting recovery and helping people living with and managing mental health issues.
Brighter Living– A charity committed to tackling social isolation for the elderly residents of High Park, Southport, which is an area of high deprivation.
Home Start– A charity helping mothers with young children struggling with mental health issues and post natal depression.
The Hesketh Centre– A residential and day care facility, treating those with both chronic and acute mental health conditions.
We always look forward to developing new collaborations please get in touch!