To help to improve the mental health and wellbeing through crafting activities.
Our PrinciplesWe will achieve our mission by working to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing:
- Be active
- Take Notice
- Keep Learning
- Give to Others
We aim to:
- Include and empower everyone who joins in with our activities.
- Be kind and compassionate.
- Respect others and their views.
- Acknowledge the contribution made by everyone however small.
The Craft4Smiles C.I.C. Community
Craft4Smiles C.I.C. is a community that is passionate about crafting and is intent on ensuring that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate in the activities that have been of significant benefit to their own mental health. We specialize in paper crafting and mixed media work. Established as a social enterprise to work with adults aged 18 years and over, we aim to:
- Help to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those who are excluded and/or experiencing mental health problems;
- Respond to the needs of those who are lonely/isolated and/or experiencing mental health problems arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
Working with the Five Ways to Wellbeing, we aim to build confidence and skills.
Connect… 1. With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active… 2. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take notice… 3. Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Keep learning… 4. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Give … 5. Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. These were identified as areas for individual action equivalent to 'five fruit and vegetables a day' as an outcome the 2008 Foresight Report. Find out More - text is the italicised text below:
These finding are a key strand that informs government health, social care and economic policy.
The report was commissioned by the UK Government to assess the implications for everyone's 'mental capital' and 'mental wellbeing' of the opportunities anjd challenges facing the UK over the following 20 years and highlight where action and allocation of resources should be prioritised to ensure that everyone would be able to realise their potential and flourish.
A key message from the report was that, if people are to prosper and thrive in a changing and increasingly interconnected and competitive world, both mental and material resources would be vital and that encouraging and enabling everyone to realise their potential throughout their lives would be crucial for the Uk's future prosperity and wellbeing physical/mental wellbeing.
The report also found that an individual’s mental capital and mental wellbeing crucially affect their path through life. Moreover, they are vitally important for the healthy functioning of families, communities and society. Together, they fundamentally affect behaviour, social cohesion, social inclusion and prosperity. A key conclusion of the Project was that mental capital and mental wellbeing are intimately linked and that measures to address one will often affect the other. Therefore they should be considered together when developing policies and interventions and, of course, prioritised.
This underpins Governement health, social care and economic policy.
The value of the arts in improving mental and physical wellbeing is increasingly acknowledged with, perhaps, most importantly, in 2017, The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing: Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing finding that:
'It is time to recognise the powerful contribution that arts can make to health and wellbeing. There are now many examples and much evidence of the beneficial impact they can have. We have 3 key messages: ' The arts can help':
- keep us well, aid recovery and support longer lives better lived.
- meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, loneliness and mental health.
- save money in the health service and social care.'
The report recommended that 'Be creative' should be added as a '6th Way to Wellbeing'.
Objective 1: To help individuals to develop skills and expertise in paper crafting.
Objective 2: To support people to grow in self-esteem and confidence.
Objective 3: To help to build individual and community resilience.
Objective 4: To help to develop the core skills required to gain and keep employment.
Objective 5: To provide volunteering and work opportunities, including in the running of Craft 4 Smiles C.I.C. and self-employment.
Our Strategic Objectives
In order to ensure that we achieve our aims and objectives we have identified 4 strategic objectives (organizational objectives) that will ensure that Craft4Smiles C.I.C. is a thriving and sustainable community. As we develop, these will be revisited and are likely to change:
Strategic Objective 1: To develop our organization collaboratively with craft group participants, members and external stakeholders.
Strategic Objective 2: To work collaboratively with other arts and crafting organizations locally and nationally.
Strategic Objective 3: To provide opportunities for the exhibition of unique crafted products.
Strategic Objective 4: To become a viable and sustainable organization.