Residents in Stoke-on-Trent have been getting hands-on with pottery during a series of creative workshops.
Thanks to the support from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund, community group Middleport Matters organised a series of free pottery classes to help residents learn new skills, channel their creativity and get to know others in their community.
The sessions, led by Master Potter Jon French, of Middleport Pottery, taught residents to use a pottery wheel and how to glaze and paint their creations.
Residents from Sanctuary’s Baskeyfield House extra care scheme, in Middleport, were among around 80 members of the local community who took part in the sessions, which culminated with an exhibition showcasing everyone’s work.
The pottery workshops were so popular that extra sessions were laid on to meet demand. Many participants have discovered a real love of pottery, with 40 people from the taster classes already signing up for more tuition to further develop their skills.
Julia Brook, Sanctuary’s area manager, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many residents enjoy learning new skills and getting to know others in their community.
“Sanctuary is committed to helping residents lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and supporting projects such as this is a great way for us to achieve those goals.”
Katie Roe, of Middleport Matters, added: “It was a very enjoyable project to be part of and great to see people making friends in the community.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy the classes and it was good to be joined by residents from Baskeyfield House. We hope this encourages them to take part in other community activities in the future.”
This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities. To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or read about Sanctuary's commitment to community investment.
Baskeyfield House will be opening its doors to prospective residents for an afternoon tea and tour on Saturday 30 September between 12 noon and 3pm. For more details or to book a viewing at a time more convenient, call 01782 958555.