Craft Cafe Govan secures its future for three years thanks to National Lottery funding!
We're delighted to announce that our Craft Cafe workshops free arts workshops for over-60s has secured its future for three years thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund!
Craft Café, which runs at Elderpark Housing Association’s Community Centre in Govan, has received £96,000 from the Lottery to run classes up until Spring 2022.
Craft Café offers a free drop-in service for participants to socialise and learn new artistic skills from an artist-in-residence.
The project has been delivered in Govan for 10 years and offers creative activities and art exhibitions to over 80 current members.
The aim of the project is to tackle the growing problem of isolation in older people while celebrating the creative achievements of our ageing population.
The funding boost from the Lottery will allow Craft Café to offer an additional day every week of outreach work for older people in sheltered housing, care home and hospices throughout Glasgow.
The funding comes following a period of instability for the service, which required a social media crowdfunding campaign last spring to ensure it could continue.
Staff and residents have spoken of their relief that the service is now secure. Charlotte Craig is Impact Arts’ artist-in-residence who leads the workshops.
“We were totally over the moon when we found out,” says Charlotte. “Uncertainty with funding has been an issue every year I’ve been here and is always an underlying challenge.”
“This funding from the National Lottery Community Fund means security for the members. It’s such a big part of their life, with a lot of them describing it as a lifeline.
“As well as teaching new skills and celebrating the members’ creative work, for many this place means having support from peers, feeling valued and having a purpose.”
“The outreach we can now offer is an exciting expansion of what we currently do. It will be fantastic to be able to help people who we would otherwise not be able to reach.”
Danny Park, 70, has been attending Craft Café Govan since 2010. He says: “This has been the best place ever, and it’s just got better as the years have gone on. I’d recommend it to anybody.”
“I’m most into the painting, but I’ve done knitting, crochet, mosaics – it’s a variety. You’re not stuck just doing the same thing. And you’re asked what you want to do.”
“Whether you want to do art, or you just want to sit and have a cup of tea and have a blether, it’s just so welcoming.”
Humza Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow Pollok, who lent his support to the crowdfunding campaign in 2018, was also pleased by the news.
“I’m delighted to hear that Craft Café has secured such a significant amount of community funding,” he said. “This is testament to the invaluable service it provides in Govan.
“Our over-60s have a lot to offer and the Craft Café provides an opportunity to channel their creative talents. I look forward to seeing the project develop over the next three years.”
Elderpark Housing Association have been long-standing partners and supporters of Craft Café Govan, offering guidance, promotion and financial support.
Shirley McKnight, Elderpark’s Depute CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear the news that this award will enable the Craft Café service to continue its fantastic work within our Centre.
“Craft Café provides such a valuable service to our local residents and is a lifeline for many of our tenants and residents.”
Craft Café Govan workshops run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm at Elderpark Community Centre every week. The service is entirely free and runs on a drop-in basis.
Impact Arts are also welcoming enquiries from care homes, hospices and sheltered housing operators.
For more information, contact Charlotte Craig on 07793081951 or email email@example.com.
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