ReCreate - Mossley

Over the last 2 years I have been working with a local arts and craft group who meet every wednesday to make things, share ideas and be social.

Originally called crafty brew we were funded and managed directly by the The Vale and Global Grooves in Mossley. Since january 2017 we have become an independent organisation built up of about 6-10 regular members but now seeking to expand outwards into the community. We've recently secured a second 2 year funded program with the Peoples Health Trust to help with providing a range of activities.

Our aim; to give opportunities for local residents to socialise, learn new skills and contribute to the wider community through creative activity. We also aim address environmental sustainability with our choice of projects and materials.

Since joining, I have taken part in workshops that have made lanterns for the Mossley Light Festival, Etched metal honeycombs and moulded outdoor ceramic arts for Valeside Community Garden, Used a potters wheel, made paper wall art for Mossley's Fair Trade Fortnight, brought furniture back to life with upcycling, helped with construction of carnival costumes and set pieces for a wide number of regional events. There have also been workshops in Batique, screen printing and card art.

Sessions run for 2 hours and are free to attend, and we accept contributions in all forms.

It is an exciting time as we reach out to other local groups and events and already have several projects penned in for the coming months. For me it's the opportunity to practice my creativity and find new ways of engaging with others. It certainly breaks the spell of isolation I have been experiencing since i moved out of London and it is a joy to meet other like minded folk who enjoy nothing better than to get together, drink tea and make nice things.