The Everyone CAN Craft Club started with a book. The book is about how Susan and her friends started an offline craft group. They put up posters and invited people with learning disabilities to come and join them. The interesting thing was who came. It was people who they never thought would come to a craft group. People with profound learning disabilities and some physical disabilities. After it had been going for four years the government’s response to Covid led to it being illegal to continue.

A few weeks before lockdown Susan had an encounter with some she thought was a supporter. She came away with the realisation that they were anything but a supporter. There is a good outcome because this led to the founding of Everyone CAN Craft CIC. The story is in the book.

You can buy the book on Amazon here

What comes after the book?

As explained in the book the aim of Everyone CAN Craft CIC is replicate the original prototype. OK the aim is a little broader now as if everyone can craft then you you cannot just serve one part of the community. Many different groups can use craft groups to provide social care and other forms of support to people facing a variety of challenges. One way of doing this is to set up a library and training hub.

About the Library and Training Hub

Gathering a library of written resources is something that comes easily to someone who loves writing. On those days when Susan is struggling to do anything else writing is her go to activity. It means that she is doing something even when other things are beyond her.

News and updates

Susan looked at all sorts of ideas. She developed two or three types of activity pack. Now she knew how good they were but few people beleived her. She realised that this thing that she wanted to make fly was a movement and movements often have T-shirts and other items to spread their message. That sparked the Everyone CAN Craft shop. When you go to the shop you will find bags, T-shirts, mugs and aprons that have quirky messages about crafts especially knitting and crochet.

Some of the things from the online shop were taken to the local retail market. An amazing number of ladies told her that they used to knit or crochet but… There must be something that can be done to help them. Time to add some different things to the stall.

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