Suffolk Charity’s Crafty Solution For Beating Isolation and Loneliness

A Suffolk charity has launched a series of free online craft videos designed to keep people motivated though the last few weeks of lockdown and beyond.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors to Emmaus Suffolk’s Hubs in Ipswich and Felixstowe could get involved with a number of projects including hands-on craft activities. Access to some of these activities has been limited over the past 12 months so the charity has decided to take them online.

Emmaus Suffolk is a charity which works with vulnerable, socially isolated people and those at risk of homelessness. The issues faced by those they support have worsened since the arrival of COVID-19 and, due to health conditions, many will need to continue isolating at home once restrictions begin to lift.

The charity has now launched ten videos so that people can join in with its popular craft activities from home, with more planned for release over the next few weeks. These videos have been put together to take viewers through the simple steps needed to produce their own craft creations.  The project was funded by the Realising Ambition Fund managed by Suffolk Foundation.

The videos can be viewed online via www.emmaus.org.uk/suffolk/craft-videos.

Emmaus Suffolk has chosen craft activities to suit a range of abilities which use ordinary domestic items that many people have at home. For those without access to the materials, the charity is offering free craft packs available for collection by prior arrangement, from the Emmaus Suffolk Hubs in Ipswich and Felixstowe. Please call 01473 225627 to arrange collection.

Tackling social isolation has been a priority for Emmaus Suffolk throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 2020 the charity has distributed more than 1400 “mental health packs” to individuals throughout the county. These packs have been filled with items designed to stave off boredom and keep people motivated and entertained during what has been an incredibly hard and lonely 12 months for many.

Speaking about the new craft videos, Claire Staddon, Chief Executive of Emmaus Suffolk, said:

We are very excited to be able to share our craft activities with people in their own homes. The activities have been carefully chosen because they use materials that are easily accessible. This means everyone can get involved, from young children through to adults isolating alone. 

“Although COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to lift, we know that there are many people who will still be isolating at home. Isolation and loneliness can have an awful impact on lives, so we want to help ease the negative side effects and keep people motivated though the last few weeks of lockdown and beyond.“

To find out more about Emmaus Suffolk visit emmaus.org.uk/suffolk.

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