'Get Crafty'

by Maryvale Community Project in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

'Get Crafty'
We did it
On 21st December 2018 we successfully raised £5,140 with 17 supporters in 34 days

The project will use creative activities to tackle isolation and loneliness for older people and adults with learning disabilities.

by Maryvale Community Project in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We are a grassroots charity embedded in the heart of the Kingstanding community since 2008, we currently provide a weekly lunch club, befriending services for the over 60's and a weekly social session for adults with learning disabilities.

1542394847_crafting.jpgWe want to provide a weekly craft cafe that older people and adults with learning disabilities can attend and combine meeting, eating and creating. We will encourage all that attend to use skills that may have lay dormant to deliver activities encouraging peer learning, which others can enjoy e.g. baking, cake decorating, knitting, crocheting, working with fabrics, story-telling, singing, dancing. The craft cafe will provide local older people and adults with learning disabilities with a project they can engage in and take responsibility for.

We want to encourage the involvement and value the contribution of older people and adults with learning disabilities in our community, including how they can help to keep other local people active, safe, feeling physically and emotionally well.


This project will bring together the creative skills of older local residents, encouraging sharing and learning together.  The creative activities are intended to foster the intrinsic joy of creativity, artistic expression and learning.  Used as a tool to encourage people to try, sometimes for the first time in their lives, new activities.  This will be about community learning, re-energising hidden skills, creating a space and delivering activities based on the wishes and views of older people and adults with learning disabilities, it will build on people’s strengths.  We want to help put the smile back on people’s faces and enjoy the process.

So far..........

The total cost of our project is £12,826, Birmingham City Council Innovation Fund have pledged half of the money for the project - £6413.46, we have to crowdfund for the other half.

We will use the money to fund;

8 hrs for our Community Outreach and Ativities Coordinator

Overhead costs - room rental, management and utilities

Director Project Costs - activities, equipment and training volunteers

Now it's over to you please help to get our craft cafe - Get Crafty - up and running!!!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Come and join us for lunch on a Tuesday

Come and meet our regular attendees and join them for lunch

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