‘Crafty Hands’, began in March 2017 through a conversation with DLR and Voluntary Arts Ireland.  We are a group of 16 (and counting) local women, from various backgrounds and cultures, who meet, for two hours weekly, to craft and chat together, sharing skills, experience, stories, news, problems, celebrations, laughter, tea and coffee.  Isolation leads to loneliness, depression and perhaps eventually mental decline. It has been proven that crafting is very beneficial and therapeutic for people’s mental health and well-being, that is why this group is so important to us.  We greatly value the group ethos and dynamic we have created.

We provide access to learning knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, sewing, paper crafting, quilling, needle felting and mixed media etc.  Outings to art galleries, gardens, heritage houses, craft/wool shops, workshops in local libraries, places of interest etc. happen monthly.  With the help and support of a start-up grant from DLR Arts Department, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Exit 15 and the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus our committee remains dedicated to its members, both individually and as a whole.  We continue to work to support same with our committee meetings, idea brainstorming, workshops, involvement in community festivals, pot-lunches and sometimes even mindfulness practices.

Email: Craftyhands.samuelbeckett@gmail.com

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