We’ve been running a weekly craft club in Southport for the last twelve months and recently caught up with some of the people who’ve benefited from the project to find out what impact it's had on them.
The group have been learning how to make mosaics and have produced items ranging from coasters and table mats to pieces of wall art that anyone would be proud to hang in their home. Members have a wide range of neurological conditions and many find it difficult to get out and about to socialise. Our Southport classes have given them not only a chance to learn a new skill, but a unique opportunity to meet people who can empathise with their situation in a welcoming and supportive environment. One person explained that she can just be herself and escape from her medical problems when she’s there, while another said it was great not to be talking about being ill all the time and just concentrate on the mosaic that she was making.
Some of the crafters have become friends and the feeling of ‘not being alone’ was something that came up many times. Most felt more positive about the management of their conditions since joining the group as they felt comfortable when amongst others who were experiencing similar issues.
The Southport Craft Club was originally started by our link worker Maryam Rahman; she was soon being supported by a number of volunteer tutors who had started out as group members. One of these volunteers commented that it was good to have something to look forward to each week and that the project had really boosted her confidence levels, which is great to hear.
A big thank you to everyone who shared their experiences with us, it's been really helpful for the planning of future projects. The group members also asked us to pass on a massive thank you to Maryam for starting the project and getting them into mosaic making!