Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC

by Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,945

raised so far



The Project is to help isolated refugee and asylum-seeker women to build confidence and self-esteem via art and crafts in a safe place.

by Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th July 2023 we'd raised £1,905 with 20 supporters in 36 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.


We are Chrysalis...

Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC was founded in March 2020 in response to the urgent unmet needs of BAME and migrant communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The lockdown has challenged the mental health and wellbeing of everyone, more so for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in our communities. Many have experienced unimaginable trauma and have seen significant disruptions in their life already. 

The pandemic has amplified further the existing mental health problems. Often left in limbo, not able to take on higher education studies and not allowed to work (with many refugees under or unemployed) and likely to face loneliness or worse, direct discrimination within their new communities.

What we do

Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC runs sessions and activities to help with healing, using art and different artistic methods for wellbeing. The aim is to build self-esteem and friendship through artistic techniques, using art to work against loneliness due to language, cultural and ability barriers. 


Why is this important

The social enterprise supports people from a variety of different backgrounds, focusing on disadvantaged adult women immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Focusing on women who came to Coventry and the surrounding area recently, and those who have been here for a long time but who have experienced barriers to integration.

How we're going to do this

Local authorities, NHS and charities working with migrants’ commissions and refer people to in-person and online workshops. Grant funding supports materials and content development.


Over the short period of the start-up, Chrysalis Craft Coventry CIC supported thousands of individuals suffering from loneliness, domestic abuse, stress, anxiety, depression, homesickness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because of life experiences with positive results.

During the pandemic, the workshops have proven invaluable, acting as a safe environment and a piece of information and signposting service. Directing people to urgently needed services they could not reach due to language barriers or stigma caused by misinformation.


Art has the power to transform, illuminate, educate, inspire and motivate.



This project offered rewards

£20 or more

Thank you card - help empower a refugee woman

A handmade thank you card by refugee women posted to you, helping them to build a successful and proud lifestyle.

£100 or more

Sponsor a place for a refugee woman on the course

Pay for the place of a refugee woman on our mentorship programme, helping them to start a social enterprise. Receive a thank you card from the person you have supported!

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