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#KeepGovanCrafting: Help us secure the future of Govan's Craft Cafe

We need your help. On Monday, we launch #KeepGovanCrafting - a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising money to secure the future of Govan's Craft Cafe for older people.

For three days a week, the Craft Café offers free arts workshops at the Elderpark Centre to older people in Govan.

As well as offering materials, tuition from a professional artist tutor and an opportunity to celebrate older people’s artistic achievements, it also has a vital role in breaking down loneliness and isolation in an age group that is particularly at risk.

Due to a change in our funding remit, the service is now at risk of closure after March 2018. This would be devastating for the group of almost 100 members who regularly use Craft Cafe.

We're hoping a campaign that highlights how vital the Craft Cafe is will capture imaginations, and we're using a crowdfunding platform to attract the donations necessary.

We aim to raise £12,000 to sustain Craft Cafe for another year. This will be done through a crowdfunding page going live on Monday morning.

We would be grateful for any help in spreading the word about the campaign. To do so, we have set up a Thunderclap – a scheduled social media post – to go out on Monday morning at 10am, linking people to the Crowdfunding website where there will be a video all about what the Craft Café does and why it is important it continues to run.

Your organisation can sign up to the Thunderclap here:

Any other support you can offer in publicising our campaign would be an incredible help. Our social media accounts are: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

We look forward to sharing quotes, stories, photography, video and artwork which encapsulates the Craft Cafe community and why it would be a desperate shame for the service to close.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or questions, please contact Impact Arts' Matthew McWhinnie on 0141 575 3001 or email

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