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A series of creative workshops for people suffering poor mental health, to aid relaxation and reduce emotional and mental distress.

by Kate Cottam in Southport, England, United Kingdom

We believe passionately that group creative activities can be hugely influential on health and well-being. We’ve seen through our own personal struggles with reduced mental health just how much difference these activities can make to people and this was what inspired us to set up Mobile Craft 4 U in 2015. We have designed and delivered our projects for the benefit of people in the community suffering loneliness, those living with cancer and other debilitating illnesses, young mothers struggling with PND, those in recovery from substance/alcohol misuse, older people at risk of isolation, young people with additional needs, their loved ones and carers. We have worked with over 1000 beneficiaries. People living with reduced mental health sometimes feel like they don't have the energy to get out of bed, let alone do housework or care for themselves. Connecting with people is vital for mental wellbeing, and pursuing group creativity is a great way for people to feel part of something more worthwhile, building communities and giving new opportunities and purpose. Whether it is deco-patch or collage making, taking that much-needed time out to do things we can enjoy is hugely important for our mental wellbeing. Being creative enables us to escape the humdrum of daily life for a while, to relax and enjoy the freedom of experimentation. When we craft, we work with a variety of different colours and textures, appealing to the senses and keeping us energised. Our brains and hands are working and creating which, in turn, brings an enormous sense of achievement. Group creativity provides a pleasing sense of productivity, which is particularly welcome when everyday tasks become difficult to achieve. Our sessions enable people to achieve beautiful results quickly, we provide all the necessary resources and give beneficiaries ideas for how to use their newly learned skills outside the session. For many people, this first experience of seeing what they can create themselves - sometimes for the first time in many years, if at all - can be hugely empowering.

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A free creative workshop using quality materials, delivered by expert practitioners. Also, a limited edition Origami instruction manual.


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