Art and Craft

An arts and craft group in Monton is helping people with mental health issues and brain injuries feel supported and safe.

Every Tuesday from  2-4pm a group of women gather at Costa Coffee in Monton to craft. Before, the art and craft house ran it’s group from Monton.

Claire had her own craft shop were she would do workshops.

When she had to sell the shop she wanted to carry on doing her workshops so decided to relocate to costa in order to keep costs low and maintain a relaxed atmosphere.

Claire being a qualified adult educator has worked in social care for most of her life, with a lifetime experience of crafting she also educates and provides a safe space for people with mental health disorders.

She said: “I love encouraging creativity and showing people how to make things and everything I do is aimed at basic skills with scope for further development.”

According to Healthline research, crafting is much more than just an outlet for personal expression or a way to pass the time. Crafting can help reduce anxiety, improve mood, and increase happiness, all of which can help fight depression.

Photo credit Alice Peoples

Through the help of Headway, a specialist brain injury association, she helps to provide sessions for people who are recovering from severe brain injuries.

Claire said: “[the] people who attend all appreciate being creative and the social side of the group.”

One member of the group, lost his ability to speak English after his brain injury, he said that crafting has allowed him to express himself in a safe environment.

Photo credit Alice Peoples

Anyone is free to attend the group and there are many people who come regularly to catch up and craft, one member who has limited ability to use her hands said that the sessions have helped her feel supported and she’s been attending from the start.

If you are interested in attending the session check out their Facebook @artandcraftsession.

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