A group of artisans uses knitting and crochet to improve the mental health and well-being of their members

Dadesley Crafting CIC is based in Tickhill – the group’s aims are to bring people together, improve mental health and wellbeing and combat loneliness.

Michelle Dunn, the group’s director, said: “A lot of times craft classes are expensive and you leave feeling like you’ve wasted your money and can’t do the craft you wanted to try.

“Our members always walk away with something they did during that session and a smile on their face, knowing they’re crafty.

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The group uses crafting to improve mental health.

“People often say they’re not smart.

“We don’t believe in it, we’ll help them find their cunning side. I’ve attached some pictures of what we did.”

Thrifty craft sessions cost £6 each and last two hours.

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Michelle said: “We provide all the necessary materials and equipment, we even provide refreshments, including chocolate cookies.

“We have a monthly goal which consists of four weekly sessions.

“So far we’ve done knitting, crocheting and Suffolk puffs.

“We also have one-off sessions for things like card making, MDF painting, flower arrangements and painted mandalas.

“There is a meeting twice a week for needlecraft (yarn group), which is an unstructured session, where people go and get whatever they are working on and we have provided the venue, refreshments and someone to chat with.”

The group also participates in craft fairs that help new creatives sell the items they make in sessions if they want to as well.

“All artisans are fully insured, everything sold is handcrafted by the people behind the stand,” she said.

“Very often you go to a ‘craft fair’ to find that it is full of stalls selling mass-produced items.

“We help new crafters understand the importance of insurance and the legislation surrounding what they make.”

Fairs are held the first Saturday of the month at the Northgate Community Hub and the third Saturday of the month at Bawtry New Hall.

Michelle said: “We were very lucky to get two grants from the National Lottery and one from Doncaster Council.

“These help fund the work we do.

“People have been so isolated and crafting is a great way to help people relax and unwind.

“We would like more people to attend our craft sessions and fairs so that we can introduce everyone to the benefits of craftsmanship.”

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