[email protected] – new free online project launched

Business / Fri 12th Feb 2021 at 09:35am

[email protected] – new free online girls project launched

THE Gifted is proud to launch its new online craft-along course,

[email protected], which aims to share the joy and creativity of crafting and developing new skills, while also alleviating some of the isolation of lockdown.

Aimed at young people aged 11-18, the free online course launched on the 3rd of February and lasts for nine weeks, covering creative crafts such as: T-shirt makingUsing an old t-shirt, you will be lead through steps to create something new and right on trend. Creating cozy cushions Liven up your room and have a little bit more comfort with your own cozy cushion.
EmbroideryA real comeback craft, it’s time to get sewing.

Puppet making: Make your own puppet using materials found around your home.

Plaiting: This can be used to make bracelets, bags, curtain ties…the list is endless!

Crochet goals! Hats, scarves, bags, headbands – you name it, it’s time to crochet it!

Resources are available through a free sign-up area, the only thing that The Gifted asks in return is that participants upload photos of their projects as they work along with the online videos and tips to learn a new craft every week.

The Gifted, a youth empowerment charity based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, would usually be in schools across East Herts and West Essex delivering self-esteem focused courses such as The Butterfly Project.

While this is still available online, the charity has sought to extend its much-loved Clothmaker’s Wings crafting project, which took place in 2018 with young women from John Warner school, through its delivery of over 70 free crochet packs to schools across Harlow, Ongar and East Herts at Christmas, and now the creation of the online course [email protected], which has once again seen the charity deliver 40 packs of crafty resources for students who are still attending schools to take part with.

“With each lockdown we are seeing higher levels of isolation and affects to young people’s mental health – especially with the latest one falling in the gloomy winter months.”

Tori Jacovides, partnerships and progressions manager at The Gifted explains. “We provide mixed, singular and fluid programmes at The Gifted, and undertook a consultation with our Butterfly Project participants to find out what they would love to do next, which led to them co-developing [email protected] with us.

Thanks to our Butterflies’ input and funding from UK Youth, we are now in the position to once again share some joy at this time through enabling young people to learn new skills and be creative, and it’s hoped that the community feel of sharing their work to an exclusive online area will help to alleviate the feeling of isolation – after all, they will all be crafting along together, like a very spread out knitting circle!

As always, we are also focusing on upcycling and sustainability of materials, so that participants also learn how to take something old and turn it into something brand new – which is a great skill to learn when shopping options are restricted.”

If you would like to join us, you can sign up to [email protected]

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