Last year in December 2022 the Community Tree had received exciting news that they had been successful in their funding application to Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) for the Mental Health Support Grant. The news was met with much anticipation as the group would now have the funding to create some new social activity within the area. The funding will make a tangible difference to community life for residents.
January saw the re-launch of the Friday craft group, Crafty Coffee, previously known as Woolly Kuddles. The new crafting session offers a wide range of craft activities, with an aim for participants to make something for themselves or be able to gift to someone in need who lives locally.
Flux have supported the relaunch of the craft group with the delivery of their project “Threads That Connect Us”. Participants created patches representing local life with colloquial phrases and saying that mean something to the participants. These patches are then going to be put together to create bigger pieces of work that are going to be exhibited at different venues in Rotherham.
This opportunity has also given the group funds to start a mental health group, the ‘whatever club’. The ‘Whatever Club’ is literally that, a safe space for residents to connect to each other and do ‘whatever’, with the provision of free activities and refreshments