The Crafts Council and the WI have been working in partnership since 2009 to ensure creativity is at the heart of WIs up and down the country. Many WI members run craft clubs in a variety of settings; schools, libraries, cafes and community centres. These volunteer-led groups bring people together to share skills, meet others and boost wellbeing.
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The Crafts Council believes everyone should have the opportunity to learn and discover a passion for making. Their Everyday Making campaign offers a wide range of resources to support craft club leaders in their role, from step-by-step activity guides to advice on engaging people living with dementia.
What can the Crafts Council offer you?
- Access to craft tutorials by practising makers and artists such as Pascal Anson, Max McMurdo and Black Girl Knit Club
- Practical learning resources for craft club leaders on subjects such as working with volunteers, planning activities for different abilities and risk assessments
- A regular newsletter, highlighting exciting craft events and exhibitions as well as celebrating the achievements of craft clubs. Sign up at the bottom of this page
- Free access to the loan box scheme, featuring woven pieces made by Lois Walpole. Contact email@example.com to find out more
- An online community where you can meet and network with likeminded crafters
Natural Dyeing tutorial by Claire Wellesley-Smith. Image by Claire Wellesley-Smith