Residents in Banbury are being encouraged to explore their creative sides with a series of ‘pop-up’ craft sessions.
Sanctuary Housing is hosting arts and crafts sessions at three of its housing schemes for older people in the town, offering residents a chance to learn new skills, socialise and take part in communal activities.
The sessions, part of Cherwell District Council’s ‘Taking pArt’ initiative to develop community participation in the arts, are being delivered together with The Mill Arts Centre.
They are being led by local artists and focus on the arts and crafts activities that residents are particularly interested in, with the aim of establishing on-going ‘craft cafés’ at each of the housing schemes, supported by volunteers.
Sessions are taking place at Sanctuary’s Levenot Close, East Close and Penrose Close housing schemes, seeing residents using papier mache and experimenting with watercolours to make a memory book, all under the expert guidance of the project’s lead artist, Tom Cross.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with the many talented artists in the Cherwell district.
“We aim to support residents to live happy and fulfilled lives and this project is all about bringing people together to enjoy being creative, learn new skills and perhaps rediscover some old ones too.”
Rhys Hopkin, programme and marketing manager at The Mill, added: “From the creative learning programme we already offer, we know how engagement with the arts can be beneficial to participants’ general wellbeing.
“We’re thrilled to be involved in a project that seeks to make these experiences available to an even wider audience through partnering with Sanctuary and Cherwell District Council.”
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.