Craft groups use knitting and crocheting to improve the mental health and well-being of their members


Dadesley Crafting CIC is based in Tickhill – the group’s aims are to bring people together, improve mental health and well-being and combat loneliness.

Michelle Dunn, a director of the group, said: “Often craft classes are expensive and you walk away feeling like you’ve wasted your money and can’t do the craft you wanted to try.

“Our members always leave with something they made during that session and a smile on their face because they know they are smart.

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The group uses crafts to improve mental health.

“People often say they are not smart.

“We don’t think so, we will help you to find your clever streak. I’ve attached some photos of what we did.”

Thrifty Craft Sessions cost £6 each and last two hours.

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Michelle said: “We supply all the materials and equipment needed, we even supply the refreshments including the chocolate chip cookies.

“We have a monthly focus consisting of four weekly sessions.

“So far we’ve knitted, crocheted and made Suffolk puffs.

“We also have one off sessions for things like card making, MDF painting, flower arranging and painted mandalas

“There is a needle craft (yarn group) meeting twice a week which is an unstructured session where people get what they are working on and we have provided the venue and refreshments and someone to chat with.”

The group also participates in craft fairs, which help new creators sell the items they make in sessions if they choose to do so.

“All artisans are fully insured, everything sold is handmade by the people behind the stand,” she said.

“So often do you go to a craft fair and find it full of stalls selling mass-produced goods.

“We help new artisans understand the importance of insurance and legislation in what they make.”

Fairs are held at the Northgate Community Hub on the first Saturday of the month and at Bawtry New Hall on the third Saturday of the month.

Michelle said: “We were very fortunate to receive two National Lottery Grants and one from Doncaster Council.

“These help fund our work.

“People have been so isolated and crafting is a great way to help people relax and unwind.

“We want more people to attend our meetings and craft fairs so we can bring the benefits of crafting to everyone.”

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