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Craft Café: Edinburgh

In order to protect the safety of our Glasgow and Edinburgh members, and in light of Government recommendations around COVID-19, we are no longer meeting in our regular Craft Café/Creative Cafe locations.

However, we are working with each individual to provide monthly activity bags 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.

If you are an older person, or wish to refer an older person to our service, please get in touch at hello@impactarts.co.ukor call 0141 575 3001.


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.

Craft cafe

The sessions take place in two different care homes:

For more information about Craft Café Edinburgh, please contact lead tutor Sarah Derron on 07813340846 or email sderron@impactarts.co.uk.



What people say

"Having felt, at 78, that my life had lost all my purpose, I am now much more contented, with my new friends and new things to think about. I now think I will be walking again soon, and resuming my old activities alongside my new ones. Craft Café has restored my determination to live my life - come what may."
Aidan, Craft Cafe member

“I didn’t think I could do work to that standard. It’s the first time I’ve admired my own work. It’s been 50 years since I last did anything!”
Helen, Craft Cafe member

“I so look forward to these Craft Fridays – it really does help to have things in the diary and I find the week runs smoothly when one knows there is something to look forward to at the end of the week.”
Anne, Craft Cafe member

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