Mental health charity Mind is launching a Crafternoon this July, with thousands of crafters expected to take part in events around the country.
Crafters of all abilities are invited to take part by inviting friends, colleagues or family to join a session, with a suggested donation amount for those who attend. Tea and cakes can also be sold to raise extra funds.
One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and the Crafternoon has been hailed as a creative way to support those affected.
The official date of Crafternoon is 20th July, but events can take place on any day throughout the summer. The initiative is now in its sixth year, and helps Mind to fund essential services such as Mind Infoline, which received 100,000 calls from people with a mental health problem last year. In 2018, the average Crafternoon event raised £100, which is enough to fund 16 calls.
“Absolutely anyone can host or take part in Crafternoon, regardless of whether they've crafted before,” says Karen Bolton, head of community and events at Mind. “It's all about getting your friends and family together for a good catch up while helping a great cause. Crafternoon is one of the most important events in Mind's fundraising calendar and we're so grateful to everyone who took part last year and helped us to raise almost £100,000. Their generosity means we can continue to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”
To register, go to www.mind.org.uk/crafternoonregister