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Craft Cafe Govan members knit "trauma teddies" for children

Following an appeal from Children 1st and Police Scotland, Craft Cafe members in Govan have generously knitted a small army of teddies for children who have had traumatic experiences.

The call for "trauma teddies" comes from officers who attend distressing incidents in which children are present, and they act as a distraction from potentially upsetting upsetting circumstances.

Upon hearing about the campaign, the keen knitters at Craft Cafe Govan set to work, making a massive cast of characters which will be donated to the Police before Christmas.

Lesley is one of the Craft Cafe members who has been busy working on the project.

"I used to work with sick kids as a radiographer at Oakbank and Yorkhill Children's Hospitals, so have experience working with children experiencing trauma.

"When I heard about the campaign, I was determined to do something. Most of us here enjoy knitting anyway, so it has been lovely to have a good cause to work towards."

Rose, another Craft Cafe member, said: "I enjoy knitting and like doing practical things - it's even better if it puts a smile on a wee kid's face."

Inspired by the teddy making, the group have also been working on creating their own characters to sell at upcoming Christmas markets.

You will find the beautiful handiwork of Craft Cafe members on sale this December at:

  • Craft Cafe Govan: Open Day & Sale: Tuesday 4th December 2018, 10am - 3pm at the Elderpark Centre, 82 Elderpark Street, Glasgow G51 3SS)
  • Govan Loves Christmas: Wednesday 5th December 2018, 3pm - 7pm at Govan Cross
  • Super Market Christmas: Saturday 15th December 2018 at The Arches, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Craft Cafe Govan offers free arts and craft workshops for over-60s at the Elderpark Centre (82 Elderpark Street, Glasgow G51 3SS) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Visit this section of our website for more information.

Interested in volunteering with us? Get the information you need!

Are you interested in arts in creativity? Do you want to help older people? Do you live in Renfrewshire or East Renfrewshire?

We're holding a Volunteer Information Day in Paisley at InCube (27 High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AF) on Tuesday 4th September 2018 between 10am and 4pm.

This drop-in day will give you the opportunity to learn more about how Impact Arts volunteers are helping to change lives through supporting our creative programmes for older people in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

You will meet current volunteers and other members of the Impact Arts team, take part in creative taster sessions and book time to discuss opportunities with our Volunteer Co-ordinator.

You can drop in on the day - but if you'd like more information in advance, please contact Daniella on 07813341074 or email

Craft Cafe Edinburgh: Annual Exhibition & Sale of Work

Next month will see the highly-anticipated annual exhibition of Craft Cafe Edinburgh - workshops we run delivering creative activities for residents at Viewpoint care homes in the city.

We run Craft Café workshops for older people in Edinburgh within two Viewpoint are homes. Open to Viewpoint tenants and care home residents, these are safe, welcoming spaces for people to socialise and express their creativity.

From painting and drawing to jewellery making and sculpture, our Craft Cafés bridge the gap between care and housing support, creating a vibrant creative space and improving social interaction.

We are excited to be holding an exhibition and sale of the finest pieces of work at the Image Collective on the second floor of Ocean Terminal in Leith between 7th July and 29th July 2018, 10am - 8pm each day.

There will be a special opening on Friday 6th July 2018 between 2pm and 6pm. If you would like to attend, please email

Come along and see some beautiful examples of paintings, printed textiles and jewellery created by Craft Cafe artists.

For more about Craft Cafe Edinburgh, visit this section of the website.

Join Craft Cafe Govan for a summer evening of music!

Impact Arts and Craft Café Govan are holding a Summer Ball at the Pearce Institute (840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU) on Saturday 23rd June 2018between 6pm – 11pm.

Another Chance to Dance with Shona will welcome in the summer solstice with musical acts including Jim Byrne & friends, Fee MacKenzie, Pauline Bradley and a DJ set from Paulie Taylor.

This will be chance to join Craft Café artists, friends, family and the Impact Arts team for a summer evening of music and merriment, as well as offering an opportunity to raise money to support these free arts workshops for older people.

We also want this event to be an opportunity to fondly remember loved ones and to communicate the deep source of comfort Craft Café offers to its members in times of bereavement.

Entry is £5 and you can pay on the door - all proceeds will go to Craft Cafe. The event is BYOB. Please share far and wide – the more the merrier!

For more about Craft Cafe Govan, visit this section of the website.

Volunteers' Week 2018: Sarah and Quinn's Stories

It's Volunteers' Week 2018! We've been speaking to members of our team who got their start at Impact Arts as volunteers, and have gone on to secure employment with the organisation.

As well as being a great way to make a difference in the community through using your creativity, volunteering with us often offers a chance to get to know the organisation and how your skills can be put to best use on our programmes.

Former Craft Cafe Edinburgh volunteer, now paid Creative Assistant

Working with Impact Arts at Craft Café in Edinburgh as a volunteer was an incredibly enriching and creative experience, and one through which I discovered my career in Community Arts.

During my time as a volunteer, I was both supported in my learning and encouraged to contribute creatively. I felt that my input was valued and that my development was actively facilitated. While I had no experience working with older people upon starting my placement, directly assisting the lead tutor meant that I progressed quickly and grew my skills through observation and working closely with participants and the team.

I would always encourage those looking to gain experience or explore career options to try volunteering because there are so many interesting opportunities through which one can learn, share and grow.

Former CashBack to the Future volunteer, now paid Creative and Communications Assistant

Volunteering with Impact Arts is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was unemployed and desperate to find something to do with my day beyond reading job rejection emails.

I was lucky enough to get in on the floor with CashBack to the Future, a young persons' summer project – this allowed me to develop my skillset in an energetic, challenging and fun environment, while also learning from Impact Arts first-rate tutors. Volunteering helped shape my career and gave me the foundations to finding employment.

Impact Arts as an organisation looks to enable and empower their volunteers. They are interested in you as an individual and will go above and beyond to assist you in any way they can.

Interested in volunteering with Impact Arts? Find our what we're recruiting for currently here on the website.

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