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Craft and care

Hold a craft and care event for the local community to spread awareness about mental health and wellbeing.

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft materials for your chosen crafts

Before you begin

  • Before taking action around mental health, learn about the topic with activities from Mind, as part of A Million Hands.
  • You could look out for key dates in the calendar that you could plan your event around, such as, World Mental Health Day on 10 October or Children's Mental Health Week in the first week of February.
  • This might be the first time that a young person has explored the issue of mental health or thought about speaking with someone about this. If a young person shares their own mental health problems, let them know they can talk to you afterwards and that they can get support from Childline (call 0800 1111 or go to childline.org.uk). Remember to follow the ‘Young People First’ code of practice (the Yellow Card) in any conversations, and read our guidance on supporting mental health in Scouts.

Plan the event

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that everyone will work together to plan and run a ‘craft and care’ event for the local community, which will aim to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.
  1. Everyone should work together to choose a date, a time and a suitable, accessible location for their event. They may need to choose a few dates, just in case the chosen venue’s busy.
  1. Everyone should work together to decide the purpose of the event.
  1. The group should then chat about if there are any special guests you’d like to involve in the event. Are there any local organisations specialising in mental health? They could be invited to host a talk on the day, have a stall with resources for people to take or be asked to help promote the event.
  2. As you group you need to decide what crafts you’ll offer at the event and what equipment you’ll need, including any instructions. Will there be one craft? Or will there be several crafting tables?
  1. Everyone can share their ideas on how to make sure that the event and the activities are accessible.

Get ready for your craft and care

  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone paper and pens so they can plan or make posters, invites, and any decorations, such as bunting, for the craft and care event.
  1. Everyone should practise doing their chosen crafts. They’ll be helping other people at the event, so it’s important that they know how to do them. Having some examples is always useful too.
  2. Everyone should split into groups, so there are enough groups for one group to run each craft. The person leading the event may need to help with this.
  1. Everyone should work together to hand out any invites and put up any posters in the local community, such the school, leisure centre or library . They should make sure that they have permission first, and you could also use social media to advertise your event too.

Craft and care

  1. Everyone should arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the event to help set up and get prepared for your guests.
  1. When the visitors arrive, everyone should greet them and make them feel welcome.
  2. If visitors are all arriving at a similar time, someone could start the event with a talk about what they’ve learned about mental health, where people can get help, why good mental wellbeing is so important, and why people need to look after their mental health, just like they would their physical health. You can also have this information printed out and put out on each table for people to read or take home with them.
  3. All of the guests can get stuck in to the crafts, with plenty of help from everyone in the Scout group.
  4. At the end of the event, someone could thank everyone for coming. This may be a great time to introduce a speaker from a local organisation to talk about mental health, if someone was available.

Reflection

This activity was all about helping the community. Events can be great ways to take an active role in the community. What went well with this event? Did it help other people? What did everyone learn from the event?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.