You may have heard of crowdfunding and you will certainly know about mindfulness. But here at Genesis we have been trying “craft-funding” – using the talents and skills of visitors and volunteers to make crafts that can be sold to raise money for our projects. And “craft-fulness” – ‘mending oneself by making things’.
This year, we were lucky enough to have a stall at the Bath Christmas Market. In preparation, we enjoyed workshops and craft sessions at Lifeline and Life Skills to make a variety of craft items including felt decorations, peg bags, decoupage, knitwear, and bespoke Christmas cards.
Volunteers gave their time and creativity in support of our craft-funding. Students from The University of Bath organised several craft workshops for the clients to make Christmas tree decorations and also joined us at our Milsom Street stall. Displaying and selling our wares was satisfying and uplifting. It was a real bonus that we raised over £800!
And we must not forget the knitters! Knitting has been an activity at Lifeline for a while and our visitors really enjoy learning to knit with volunteers Penny and Jean. Our more seasoned knitters made cushion covers for Lifeline, and flower brooches for the Christmas Market – wonderfully versatile for wearing on coats, hats and bags!
Through our craft-funding we also believe in the benefits of craft-fulness – that making things with our hands can be mindful and can connect us to our deepest selves and improve our wellbeing and overall happiness. Working toward small, attainable goals gives us a sense or purpose, accomplishment and control that is proven to positively impact our mental health.
Weaving is the latest craft we are trying with the support of Isabel, a textiles student from Bath Spa University. This takes place at Lunch Box every Wednesday. See the latest programme of activities here.
If you have a crafty skill that you could share please contact Denise firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to do your own craft-funding for Genesis Trust please see our fundraising pack for ideas.
Finally, come and see the Life Skills Art and Craft Exhibition at the Guildhall from 7 February to 30 March.