'˜Creative Craft Buddy' popular in Coolessan

A new craft class and befriending scheme for people in Limavady is proving a hit with local residents.

Saturday, 4th March 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:54 am
Martina Forrest of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (centre rear) pictured with Shiela McWilliams and some of the regulars at the Coolessan community Association craft class.

The ‘Creative Craft Buddy’ support programme is funded by the Housing Executive.

In Limavady, it’s run by the Coolessan Community Association.

Once a week people of all ages come together to make crafts at the local community house.

Sheila McWilliams from Coolessan Community Association group said the classes are proving popular with residents.

“The aim of this project is to provide a befriending and intergenerational scheme within a craft class setting,” said Ms McWilliams.

“Participants can learn new skills such as sewing, arts, woodwork and horticulture.

“Already the classes are proving popular and we hope that through the initiative we will reduce isolation among elderly and vulnerable people, and help them to lead independent lives.

“We also aim to increase the skills and confidence of local people by bringing in experts on healthy eating, home safety and security.”

NIHE local area manager, Mark Alexander, said such a project helps strengthens community relations.

“We are delighted to fund community initiatives that bring people together to develop new skills,” said Mr. Alexander, who added: “Sharing knowledge in a practical way is a good way to strengthen community relations and build vibrant communities.”