#KeepGovanCrafting: Thank You!

Fri 06th April 2018

As you’ll have seen all over our social media channels,
we’ve been posting stories, quotes, photos, videos and case studies all about
Craft Cafe Govan, which was facing closure at the end of March due to
funding pressures.

As well as raising the money necessary to
#KeepGovanCrafting, we wanted to raise awareness of the incredible good the
service does in celebrating the creative achievements of older people while
breaking down isolation and loneliness in a demographic particularly affected
by these.

We were absolutely thrilled to raise £3,590 in a month through our
Crowdfunder and although we fell short of target, we have also been able to
access other support including £4,993 from Glasgow’s European Championships Our
Place Fund as voted for by members of the public.

At end March we learned that
there would be continuation of People & Communities funding into 2018/19
and we have now submitted our application and are eagerly awaiting the outcome.

The money raised through crowdfunding and public vote has
been absolutely crucial in making sure the service is sustained, and Impact Arts
has pledged to continue running Craft Café three days a week entirely free for
the almost 100 members that attend regularly while we work to secure other pots
of funding which will keep the Craft Café running on a longer term basis.

We want to say – on behalf of the Craft Café members, staff
and volunteers – a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated, voted and
helped spread the word about the campaign.

Special thank you also to Scottish Government for their
support throughout this period, particularly Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Humza Yousaf

It has also been hugely worthwhile in helping raise the
profile of the service – and the value of creative activities in tackling
social issues older people face more generally.

We will continue to keep you updated about the funding
situation as soon as we hear anything – but for now, thank you so much for
keeping Govan crafting!

Craft Café Govan runs on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at the Elderpark Centre in Govan. If you are interested in coming along, please
contact Lead Tutor Charlotte Craig on 07793081951 or email [email protected].

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