Creative workshops in the Normacot area of Stoke have been helping to reduce social isolation amongst local women and girls.
Funded by Sanctuary Group and organised by Stoke-on-Trent community-led project My Community Matters, the workshops were aimed at two different age groups to encourage health and wellbeing awareness, and improve physical skills and mental health.
The first group was created to provide young girls from eight years upwards, and their families, with a safe environment to meet, socialise and learn new skills. Ten sessions were held weekly for two hours and offered youngsters the chance to try their hand at crafts, jewellery making and glass painting.
The second group catered for women who had expressed an interest in sewing and meeting new people in a safe environment. They received six two hour weekly sessions of sewing classes.
My Community Matters will continue to support the residents who have attended the sessions to build on their skills and encourage them to continue to share these with others in the community.
Gill Jones, community development worker for My Community Matters, said: “These workshops have been a valuable resource to bring together the community and to help reduce isolation. It has helped to build a social network and a focus for future workshops.”
Julia Brook, Sanctuary’s area manager for Stoke, added: “Creative sessions such as this are fantastic to bring our residents together and to build stronger links within the community.
“By investing in community-led projects such as this we can ensure we address the needs of our residents and help them to play a part in recognising the ambitions they hold for themselves and their neighbourhoods.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.