The mental health charity Mind is calling on the nation’s master crafters to inspire the general public to try their hand at craft-making this Christmas.
Crafternoon – a creative and Christmassy mass fundraising event – takes place on 1 December, when novice and experienced crafters are encouraged to host a craft-making afternoon with friends, family or colleagues.
Crafternoon is currently the UK’s largest craft-based mental health fundraiser. Participants from previous years have reported that crafting creates a sense of calm and an opportunity for mindfulness among the Christmas chaos, as well as a chance to get together with friends, family, colleagues and the wider community.
Hosts receive tips and templates from Mind’s fundraising team, and the event has seen over 650 hosts take part since its inception. However, the charity believes that even more people would join to raise much-needed funds if master crafters were willing to share their own creative tips and ideas.
Karen Bolton, head of Community and Events Fundraising, Mind, said: “We’re making it easy for those new to crafting to host an event by providing simple guides and templates. However, if we are able to engage experienced crafters to host their own Crafternoon, or even just share some simple Christmas craft ideas on social media with us, we believe that we can inspire even more people to take part and learn new crafting skills.
“It’s a great way for people to spend time together away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, while doing something creative and ticking a few things off your festive to-do list!
“Hosts provide the materials and the venue – which is often the kitchen table or a local café – and guests offer a small donation for the creations they take away with them.
“Every penny raised will make a huge difference to the one in four of us who experience mental health problems. Just £50 could answer six calls to the Mind Infoline, which provides vital support when it is needed most.”
To sign up as a host and share your skills with friends or colleagues, visit: mind.org.uk/crafternoon
If you have a Christmas crafting idea or template that you’d be happy to share with participants, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your template or guide on no more than two pages of A4 including your name, images and instructions.