Honiton Carers thank the Co-op for online arts and crafts sessions

A Honiton charity that successfully applied for the Co-op’s Local Community Fund is putting the money to good use, despite lockdown restrictions.

Honiton Carers Support Group, selected as one of the Honiton Co-op’s local causes last year, have been enjoying arts and crafts sessions over Zoom.

Around 22 carers are making use of the creative online tutorials by Gillian Beckman-Findlay from Coastal Crafts Collective – thanks to funding from the Co-op.

The Chair of Honiton Carers, Winnie Cameron, told us: “Spending a couple of hours totally absorbed in making cards and chatting with fellow carers is by far one of the best ways to enjoy some much-needed respite.

“It’s lovely seeing carers completely engrossed in a fun activity and interacting with the tutor and other members for the few hours that the sessions run.

“It’s a rare opportunity for members to relax and we are so lucky that we are still able to offer that support in these difficult times.”

Pre-prepared craft kits are sent to the carers’ homes ahead of the session so that they have all the necessary materials to complete the project. The carers then all join a Zoom call where a tutor guides them through creating that piece of work.

“It obviously costs money to provide these sessions, along with a professional tutor, so we are very grateful to the Co-op for making it possible.”

The group is already looking forward to the next arts and crafts session, which will be glass painting.

For further information regarding Honiton Carers Support Group please contact Winnie Cameron [email protected] or telephone 07974 636926.

When Co-op Members buy own-brand products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes to support local causes and community organisations. To find out more about Membership, follow the link here.

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