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Craft In Mind Opens to Help the Local Community With Their Mental Health

Craft in Mind has been opened at The Cockhedge Shopping Centre by local craft and business owners Emma, Andy and Sandra. Originally, their idea was to establish a hub to be used during the Covid-19 lockdown – a place for people to donate food or craft equipment that could then be distributed to local charities and people in need.

It has only been open for just over a month, and already they have received so many donations from local businesses and residents! They have also been able to help and support many more families and individuals that may be struggling than they had originally envisaged.

Essential Item Donations

Donations include non-perishable food, clothing, toys and craft equipment, and as Emma has advised – “The feedback from people that we’ve helped has been amazing. From families needing new clothes as their children have grown, but they may have lost their job and so can’t replace items. To people picking up a craft magazine or activity pack free of charge to help with their mental health and wellbeing.”
Many local food retailers have been able to donate items for them to create essential food bags. Emma advised that help has been given by Asda at The Cockhedge Centre, Iceland and Savers, as well as individuals donating. So far, they’ve been able to support local organisations such as Room At The Inn, Hollins Park and Women’s Aid – as and when needed.

Craft Packs Helping with Mental Wellbeing

As well as helping with essential items their other focus is on mental health and wellbeing, and this is where the crafts have been popular. Much of their support is for people that have been self-isolating, and who maybe haven’t seen anyone for quite a few months. They have been speaking with them over the phone, a friendly voice to simply have a conversation with.
They have also been putting together craft packs for people to collect, or they have been delivering too to those who have to remain at home. These provide a fun activity, something to stimulate and work at – helping mood, mental health and feeling of achievement.

How Can You Help?

Craft in Mind do all this voluntarily, aren’t a charity and don’t receive any funding. The feedback has been so great, that they would like to continue their efforts to help support those in need across the community. If you can help, they are in need of the following donations –

  • Craft supplies (new, unopened) so they can create activity packs
  • Toys
  • Jigsaws
  • Clothing – children and adult
  • Non-perishable food, so they can provide food parcels
  • Toiletries

You can drop off at the shop (where the old Scope shop was) or contact them via their Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/CraftInMind/