Craft Café provides a safe, social, and creative environment where older people age 60+ can learn new skills, renew social networks and reconnect with their communities. The activities, facilitated by artists, are self directed by participants, harness the joy of creativity, artistic expression, experimentation and learning.
Craft Café has two distinct models of delivery, one within a community setting, the second within a care home. The methodology of self directed learning and choice flow through both models, as does the aim to connect with the wider community. Our community set Craft Café is held in Govan while our care home set Craft Cafes are held in Viewpoint homes in Edinburgh.
Craft Café Govan is currently not running due to Covid-19 restrictions.
However we are still working with our members to provide monthly activity packs shaped to their interests. This is supported by regular online craft/arts activities; the provision of creative and exercise focused activities newsletters/booklets; and regular phone calls and welfare check-ins.
The Craft Café Govan is held between 10am and 4pm, from Tuesday until Thursday each week, at the Elderpark Street Centre (82 Elderpark Street, Govan, Glasgow G51 3SS).
Craft Cafe workshops in Govan are funded by Elderpark Housing Association.
Craft Café Edinburgh
We run two Craft Café workshops for older people in Edinburgh within Viewpoint care homes. These are open to Viewpoint tenants and care home residents, and are funded by Viewpoint.
The Cafés 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.
You can watch a short film about our Craft Cafe workshops in Govan and Edinburgh here. You can also read more about our work with older people on our older people's blog.
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