This is one of the great things about Craft Aid International, it's not just about the crafts - it's also about time spent chatting, connecting and sharing.
So perhaps this is a slightly odd title for a charity blog based around craft... There is obviously no Craft Aid International without the craft! However, I was reminded again today that the work of CAI is about so much more than teaching differently-able people new craft skills. At our Starbeck session this afternoon, we had our usual tea break, and as we sat around munching on some very delicious chocolate and banana cake, we chatted about jewellery, barbecues, and holidays. We also talked about some of the hard things we'd been going through: loss and illness and discrimination. It's beautiful to see that CAI's craft sessions are not only a time to have some craft fun, but they are also a safe space to share the joys and struggles of life. I found a facebook post from nearly a year ago, which sums this up perfectly:
And it's not just during our tea-breaks that we get the chance to have a chat, there's also plenty of time to catch up on life as we get on with the crafts. Another key part of our workshops is learning to work together as a team. Today some of us worked together to make cards, using a letterpress technique, whilst some of us dyed t-shirts, and others worked on cutting shapes out of marbled paper. Below are some of the beautiful results!
Susie Hart MBE