CarersCollectiveLDN is an arts and crafts focused programme, delivering 6-week courses for 2 hours once a week, to provide carers with much needed respite, and the opportunity to try their hand at a whole different array of arts-based activities. Courses could involve painting, drawing, working with textiles, stitching, and will be led by a professional artist.
Many carers become isolated and exhausted as a result of their caring responsibilities, and are at risk of mental health issues. These courses will give carers time away from their caring duties, to spend time with others, and to do something for themselves.
Volunteers are needed to help create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment, and to provide carers with the support and confidence to try doing something new and completely different.
Many carers may feel out of touch with their creative side. They may feel nervous, uncertain, lacking confidence or self-belief in relation to their creative ability.
They may be tired and lack energy to get fully involved, especially if it involves learning new things.
As a volunteer, you will:
- help the carer with the art/craft work during the session
- support the carer to join in (at their own pace)
- provide ongoing encouragement
- help the artist with preparing materials for the class
- help the artist/ workshop facilitator with setting up the room
- support carers contribute to the design of future workshops.
Volunteers receive free training then attend the weekly course, for 2 hours every week for 6 weeks. These sessions are currently planned for Wednesday afternoons, 2 - 4pm. You can volunteer on one 6 week course or volunteer for all the courses.