Fine Cell Work - Craft is there for everyone May 07, 2017 09:29
This week I was contacted by Jenni from Fine Cell Work.
If you haven't heard of them, they have a network of volunteers across the country who teach prisoners (mostly male prisoners) to do needlepoint, embroidery and quilting and then pay the prisoners for the work they complete.
We all know how from experience how craft makes our lives better, but for prisoners it can improve wellbeing and self-esteem, reduce self harm and suicidal thoughs and give the prisoners an income by which to support their families or save for release.
Projects like this make me proud to be part of the craft community. On a daily basis we hear hate and anger and fear on the news, but I want to show my resistance to this by doing as many small kind and helpful activities as I can. And here's one way
Fine Cell Work are this years charity partner for the House and Garden Festival. They will be hosting the “Drop and Shop”, charging people at the event to leave their shopping with FCW volunteers whilst they continue browsing.
All money raised at the “Shop and Drop” will be donated to Fine Cell Work and they are looking for a team of volunteers to help on the days that the festival is running.
Volunteers do not have to sign up to help for a whole day but either a morning or an afternoon shift and would get a full briefing beforehand. All volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the event, receive 15% off FCW products and be able to feel like they are helping a great cause!
To volunteer contact Jenni Parker, Volunteer and Programmes Manager, Fine Cell Work, firstname.lastname@example.org
House and Garden Festival: Spirit of Summer www.houseandgardenfestival.com. 21st – 24th June 10am – 5pm, at Kensington Olympia, London.
Hope to see you there!