Big Lottery Fund success

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Last summer the Friends of Oundle Library applied for a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to continue running the Pink House Craft Club at Oundle Library. In December we heard our application had been successful!

The idea for the Pink House Craft Club originally came from a chance conversation with one of Oundle’s GPs, who mentioned that people in the early stages of dementia, or who have low-level mental health problems, can derive real benefits from doing painting or craft activities. We thought this might be a great way to use our library building when it is otherwise closed.

The idea gained enthusiastic backing from library staff and our first success was to secure financial support from Councillor Heather Smith for a pilot project. This allowed Caroline Kisby of Pink House Arts to run 20 sessions of the craft club in 2016. Feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive and everyone wanted the group to continue.

The pilot sessions enabled us to produce a detailed budget for a grant application and we're delighted to have been awarded £7,692.00 by The Big Lottery Fund. With the financial security this provides, Caroline and her volunteer Sue, can now run the group for a year at no cost to the attendees.

Pink House Craft Club will meet weekly at Oundle Library on Monday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00pm, starting on 20th February 2017. It's for anyone who is anxious, isolated or lonely or has mild to moderate depression, as well as for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. By meeting when the library is closed participants can relax and enjoy a stress-free environment. The club offers easy to do craft activities, the chance to meet new people, make new friends and have time to chat and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

If you know somebody who could benefit from this club then find out more by contacting Caroline. Email or call (01832) 226 268.