Wellington residents making crafts and their friends celebrate a year of community craft club

Brenda Bateman, front, with craft club members

Wellington resident Brenda Bateman, 57, knew she had to step up when the pandemic forced the closure of artisan groups she relied on.

With a little help from Wellington City Council and the community, Wellington Crafters was born.

A year later, the group continues to go from strength to strength, with doctors now recommending the group to people struggling with loneliness.

Brenda, Nursing Home Activities Coordinator, knows all too well the benefits of being creative.

She said: “I can see how much it helps residents at work and I think it’s a good idea that everyone gets a chance to try something new, it keeps your brain active and makes you leave the house.

“People have suffered from the pandemic, and some people never thought they would get out of it again.

“We don’t just offer crafts, but a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a place where people can come and chat.

“Sometimes they just want to sit down and have a cup of tea.”

The group dabbled in wreath making, knitting, macrame, card making and more.

“There’s nothing we won’t try!” Brenda added, “Different people give us all kinds of different ideas and the more members we have, the more ideas we have.”

City Council Community Grants covered the rent for their weekly home in the Creative Training Spaces next to the Gratitude Cafe on Duke Street.

The group meets here every Monday from 10am-12pm and is open to new members, £3 per person includes craft materials and hot drinks. For more information call 07707 725797.

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