In 2009 the Crafts Council launched Craft Club
In partnership with the UK Hand Knitting Association and the Women’s Institute, the programme initially trained volunteers to work with schools to prevent craft skills from disappearing. Now in its 10th year, Craft Club has transformed over time – it is part of the Crafts Council’s commitment to supporting everyday making and has over 2,600 participants.
Craft Club champions craft groups in schools, galleries, libraries and anywhere else you can bring people together to share skills. The programme offers resources, events and inspiration to support the hundreds of Craft Clubs across the UK, as well as creating opportunities to share and celebrate their work.
“Without Crafts Council and without my Craft Club, some of the skills that we undertake would start to disappear.”
Annual Report 2019
We recently carried out two surveys to help us learn about the Craft Club audience. The first focussed on Craft Club leaders—this survey had a total of 264 responses. The second survey had 544 responses from Craft Club members.
The survey responses highlight the health and wellbeing benefits of Craft Club as well as demographic data and areas of focus for the future. You can view our Craft Club infographic here and read the full report here.
To highlight the benefits of attending a Craft Club, we commissioned Dena Bagi and Helen Felcey to produce a case study about Knit and Natter, a Craft Club based at Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project in North Manchester. The case study explores mental health experiences and the role the group plays in their life. You can read the case study here.
For more information about Craft Club click here or if you want to set up your own, click here.