New arts project sewing up support

Make! Do and Mend
Make! Do and Mend
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A new major arts project has launched in Sheffield – delivering creative workshops to hundreds of vulnerable individuals.

Pilot project Make! Do and Mend will host workshops in sewing, print making, collage and knitting for more than 600 people in sheltered and support service schemes before the end of November.

The project is being led by Sheffield-based theatre company Griffin Theatre Arts, in collaboration with support service Places for People.

Places for People works with local authorities, providing care services for older people who need support, teenage parents, people with mental health problems, women escaping domestic violence, people with disabilities, refugees and homeless people.

Griffin aims to help remove cultural and social barriers within a number of marginalised groups by bringing creative arts opportunities to Places for People’s schemes and services.

Sarah Clough, Griffin artistic director, said: “We are thrilled to be working on this incredible project.

“I’m particularly excited that older generations from our local areas will be working with, influencing and inspiring our younger generations.

“We hope that through reflecting and reminiscing on their own experiences, people taking part in Make! Do and Mend will produce creative responses, which in turn will inspire professional local artists to create pieces of work shaped by local people.”

Make! Do and Mend aims to build confidence, self esteem and improve skills through drama, music, and arts-based workshops.

Local artist William Buckman and musician Will Mace will be working with Griffin as part of the project, with everybody’s final elements brought together in a large-scale art mural that will be displayed.

Kim Scott, Places for People individual support director, said: “I am excited about the project and what it means for the customers of Places for People.

“Together with Griffin, we are offering a fun and active way for our customers, young and old, to connect with each other and learn new and exciting skills.

“Customer involvement is an important part of Places for People’s work and this project has raised the bar in what can be achieved.”