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The Carers Centre By The Carers Centre

Crafty Carers is a project for unpaid, family carers from any community, that are in need of some time away from their caring responsibilities to engage in their creative side.

Leicester Delivery stage

pledged of £1,722

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Crafty Carers brings together a diverse community of unpaid, family carers in Leicester to create different arts and crafts projects. The aim of this group is to work towards a Christmas exhibition of all the work they have created over the year, that their friends, family, and the wider community can come and look at. The project engages with the carers to focus on themselves and their own needs, whilst trying different techniques to create their masterpieces. The different areas that we want to encourage carers to participate in, include handmade cards, latch hook, sketching, painting with different medias, t-shirt designing, cross stitch, salt dough, jewellery making, photo frames, stencilling etc. This not only builds on their creative abilities but also confidence, self-esteem, quality of life, health and wellbeing, and reducing social isolation and discrimination.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will run a minimum of 30 sessions over a 12 month period
  • Each session will run for at least 2 hours
  • We will reach a minimum of 12 carers per session
  • The sessions will be held in different locations around the city so that as many carers as possible can access them

Why it's a great idea:

This project has been extremely successful for the last two years but demand for more sessions and a wider choice of crafts is increasing. The group would like to learn new creative techniques, to go towards their end of year exhibition. The group helps bring the carers together as a community, which reduces social isolation and improves quality of life. It also decreases stress and anxiety, while improving confidence and self-esteem. It is great way of looking after their health and wellbeing, without putting pressure on other services. From one of our members - I love being part of this friendly group it gives me the freedom to express myself and to explore new arts and crafts. We have had an exhibition of some of the work that Crafty Carers have produced. It gave me a real sense of achievement. I felt valued for something other than caring.

Steps to get it done:

  • Booking venues to run the sessions (through a schedule)
  • Booking and planning the exhibition
  • Buying all the equipment for the sessions (through a schedule)

The project does not only encourage and support the arts and crafts but also in the group supporting one another, and becoming a network that can help reduce each others social isolation and lack of confidence. This is encouraged by going out and running the group in different areas of Leicester to enable carers to access it more easily. It also encourages the centre's volunteers to support the group and learn new skills for work related experience.


Location Leicester

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Leicester City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £1,722

Card making - blank cards and envelopes, and embellishments for at least 3 sessions - £200 (12%)
Latch hook kits - £200 (12%)
Blank scrapbooks and embelishments - £150 (9%)
Watercolour paints, pastels, oil paints - £100 (6%)
Venue costs - £100 (6%)
Stained glass kits - £85 (5%)
Crafts for religious festivals - £80 (5%)
Plain gift bags, gift tags and gift boxes - £80 (5%)
Mosaic coaster kits for 15 people - £75 (4%)
Candle decorating kits - £75 (4%)
Other - £577 (33%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Card making - blank cards and envelopes, and embellishments for at least 3 sessions
Latch hook kits
Blank scrapbooks and embelishments
Watercolour paints, pastels, oil paints
Venue costs
Stained glass kits
Crafts for religious festivals
Plain gift bags, gift tags and gift boxes
Mosaic coaster kits for 15 people
Candle decorating kits
  • Spacehive fees
  • Photo frames for painting
  • Sketch books
  • Transaction Fees
  • Plain t-shirts for t-shirt designing
  • Jewellery making kits
  • Paper, card, felt tips, crayons, scissors, glue, paint brushes, pallettes, table cloths
  • Cross stitch kits
  • Salt dough kits
  • Mindful colouring kits
  • Calligraphy set
  • Origami paper and book
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: Any extra funds would go towards the group organising their own Crafty Carers Exhibition to showcase their work to the community. The difference for 2019 Exhibition is that there will also be a sale to help invest in improving Crafty Carers and widening into other creative medias.

Total £1,722

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