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Miners Court Residents Association: Happy Crafters

Happy Crafters is an art club run twice a week by older people through Miners Court Residents Association in Rural Cornwall. Coastline Housing operates the extra care-housing scheme, which has a local community day hub.

Name of organisation:

Miners Court Residents Association

 

Title of project/programme:

Happy Crafters

 

Dates of project/programme:

January 2014 – ongoing

Summary

Happy Crafters is an art club run twice a week by older people through Miners Court Residents Association. Coastline Housing operates the extra care-housing scheme, which has a local community day hub; the project meets in Pats Diner after lunch.

Now running for over two years, the club provides regular opportunities for socialising and uses art projects as the focus. Happy Crafters encourages older people to live well managing on-going health issues and or disabilities. We are situated in rural Cornwall. The project seeks to encourage mental and social wellbeing in an area of health inequalities. The project is open to older people at Miners Court and those living around Redruth. So far over 140 vulnerable adults have benefited as new people constantly access the scheme.

Participants look forward to meeting formally twice a week. The projects are fun and enjoyable, facilitate relaxation, distract from pain, motivate and encourage positive thinking. Happy Crafters often work on self-directed group projects that respond to local community events and exhibit in high street shop windows for example, St Piran’s day and Christmas. The project uses participant’s interest in using tools and materials to undertake new skills or revive forgotten skills and meet on a regular basis to reduce isolation and loneliness. Older people are supported in directing the project themselves and this makes it a success.

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