Connecting people, ideas, and support from the crowd to make Leicester an even better place!
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.
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Why it's a great idea:
This project has been successful for the last two years but demand is increasing. Carers have found it extremely beneficial to their health and wellbeing, but have been asking for it to be done more regularly, and with a wider choice of arts and crafts. 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. Crafty Carers is good for my mental wellbeing after a session I feel so much better, I feel relaxed and ready to continue my caring role knowing it will not be too long until I can switch off and concentrate on me again for a couple of hours. I hope that Crafty Carers continues for a long time to come so other carers can benefit in the same way as I have.
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