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Craft Café Launches in North Ayrshire

Arts and crafts workshops for tenants aged 55+ opens in North Ayrshire

Craft Café is a creative programme especially for people aged 55+. Participants learn new skills, build friendships and become actively involved in their community through joining a weekly workshop. Participants are also encouraged to become more entrepreneurial through selling items they have made at craft fairs.

Impact Arts developed Craft Café in 2009 after we witnessed the debilitating affect isolation and loneliness was having on older people in the community. We view the arts as a catalyst for positive, lasting change in people’s lives and through our work we want to enable people to flourish.

Following on from the successful Craft Café pilot scheme run in Glasgow, Impact Arts North Ayrshire is proud to announce that they will be running their first Craft Café programme.

The project itself will commence on the 21st of May and will run every Tuesday from 10am – 4pm at 60 Bank Street, Irvine.

If you are aged over 55 and living in North Ayrshire, Craft Café has so much to offer you. This free workshop is a place to take part in creative projects such as painting, ceramics, sewing, knitting and much more. You can also enjoy a cup of tea and light refreshments, meet new people, and socialise, all in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Whether you are an accomplished artist or have never done anything crafty before this is a chance to chance to rekindle your passion or it could be the start of a great new hobby.

During the project, you will be working with our amazing Impact arts tutors to produce works of arts they can be proud of. There will also be visitors from the community in to give talks on relevant subjects and to deliver additional activities.

The programme has been a great success in Glasgow with excellent feedback from participants:

“This is better than medicine. I’ve had two strokes and this has given me my life back.”

Margaret - Craft Café Member.

Kirsty Gallacher, Programme Manager at Impact Arts said:

“We are really excited to be starting Craft Café in North Ayrshire. This a unique and exciting opportunity for the older generation to get involved creatively as well as experience the many other benefits the project has to offer”’



For more information on Craft café contact:

Kirsty Gallacher on 01294 273051 or


Craft café will take place at:

60 Bank Street



KA12 0LP

Tuesdays at 10am – 4pm from 21st of May to 12th of November

Light lunch and refreshments provided as well as support with travel requirements.

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