Free arts and crafts sessions for older residents living in Kirk Hallam get underway this Thursday (25th January) thanks to a joint project by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team and the National Lottery-funded Big Kirk Hallam group.
Drop-in sessions will be held in the new Kirk Hallam Community Centre café space on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 12.30pm from this Thursday through to Thursday 22 March, excluding the school half term holiday.
The two hour informal get-togethers are part of the council’s Arts at the HeART project that uses art to improve the wellbeing of older members of the community by bringing them together and encouraging them to get creative.
Artists Dawn Turner and Ann Levett will introduce a new activity each week and provide all the materials and resources. No experience is necessary, but any residents that already enjoy being creative can go along and share their skills with everyone.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Arts and crafts can bring such a sense of well-being for older people in our community, which is why we are delighted to be working with the Big Kirk Hallam group to provide these weekly sessions. They will bring people together and I have no doubt that many will carry on being creative with their newly-learned skills.”
Anyone interested in taking part can contact Katherine Brown, one of the council’s Arts Development Officers on 0115 907 2244 ext 4604, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into a session to find out more.