We are all becoming more and more aware of the health benefits of knitting and crochet, celebrated in our Year of Wellbeing, but did you know that one charity, in particular, has put craft at the heart of its fundraising.
Mind is the charity for mental health which believes that no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. Their successful Crafternoon campaign has been raising funds for the charity for a number of years, and the idea is a simple one. All you have to do is organise a date, time and place invite a few friends, family or colleagues to come along, spend time together getting crafty and raise some money for Mind.
If you haven’t come across this charity before, Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding, and more people have access to advise and support thanks to their amazing information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales. The charity was established 60 years ago and currently helps more than 500,000 people each year. They have a fantastic amount of high profile support from their president, Stephen Fry, and a group of ambassadors including Frankie from The Saturdays, Ruby Wax, Fearne Cotton, Denise Welch and Beverly Collard from Coronation Street, all of whom speak very eloquently about their own problems with mental health.
What could be more fun than using your craft skills to support their work? Mind have lots of resources to help you once you sign up for your fundraising pack, including a planning guide, craft templates and ideas, and a network of like-minded crafters via their private Facebook community.
On 18th June Mind will be kicking off its summer campaign so there will be even more materials and ideas for you to hold your own Crafternoon event including paper craft lanterns and a special Happy Jar designed by Emily Coxhead from The Happy Newspaper.
We are planning our own event and the moment. As well as yarn, needles and hooks there will definitely be cake and lots of fun.