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Craft Workshop Volunteer

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Craft Workshop Volunteer
Artizan International
Description of the role:

Do you enjoy working with people and making things - then come along to one of our weekly crafts based activity sessions for adults with disabilities / learning differences.

17+ (If circumstances are appropriate someone between 16 - 17 years may be taken on) We hold weekly craft sessions at the following locations. We are particularly keen to find volunteers who could help at our Thursday craft sessions.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

No specific skills are required but patience and compassion are useful assets. An interest in arts and crafts would be useful but we will show you exactly what is needed at each session. The sessions are staffed by a qualified craft instructor and accompanying volunteers.

We are looking for friendly volunteers, who enjoy enabling others. We welcome volunteers of all faiths and none. Craft Aid International is founded on Christian principles of love, compassion, inclusion and justice for people on the margins; and serves people of all faiths and none. Please be aware that we may start our Thursday sessions with a prayer for the people coming. We don’t require volunteers to be Christians, but we do require that they be sympathetic to the principles on which we are founded.

Practical information:

Harrogate based


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 16+, Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
39 Oxford Street
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 04.06.2021
Organisation Information

​Artizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just £400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.

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