Regular community craft sessions have recently been launched at St Nicholas’ Church in Lincoln. The free sessions are the brainchild of Lay Minister Sally Hubbard, who, together with a team of volunteer craft leaders, will teach a range of different techniques during the sessions, including crochet, patchwork, cross stitch, card making and decoupage.

Speaking about this new venture, Sally says: “I've made it my mission to make a positive difference to the local community. It’s not just about being creative, it’s about bringing people together.”

According to a recent report from Relate, 65% of young people say they feel lonely, and 32% of over-65s say the same. “In a busy town like Lincoln,” Sally says, “no one should feel isolated. But we know that many do. We want to provide a welcoming space where new friendships can be forged whilst having fun and maybe learning something new.”

The inaugural session took place on Saturday, 7th April at St Nicholas’ Church. “I’m thrilled with how busy our first session was,” Sally says, “word spreads fast in Lincoln! Weve already heard from other churches and organisations who are interested in trying the same format. I think projects like this can make a real difference to people’s well-being.”

Some of the crafters had travelled a long way to be there. May, from Malvern, tried her hand at decoupage. “I’m here with my grandma, my mum and my aunty Sue,” she said. “I’m really enjoying spending time with my family and being creative.”

The next ARK Craft Session will be at 10.30am on Saturday, 21st April 2018, and then continues fortnightly at St Nicholas’ Church (Newport, Lincoln LN1 3DP). Further information about the church may be found here.