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Run a craft event to promote good mental health

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

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You’ll need

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

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.

Offering support for this activity

  • You could look out for key dates in the calendar that you could plan your talk around, such as World Mental Health Day or Children's Mental Health Week.
  • 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
  • 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. Gather everyone together and 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. As well as being an opportunity to raise awareness, many people find that taking part in craft activities is good for their wellbeing.
  2. 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. Make sure you plan an accessible and inclusive event. Think about any dates or times to avoid, and how people will get to and around the venue. Will you ask people to arrive at a certain time, or run a drop in event?
  3. Everyone should work together to decide the purpose of the event. What do you want to raise awareness of? What do you want people to get out of the event?  What do you want peoples experience at the event to be like? You could think about how your event links to the five ways to wellbeing, which you can find at the bottom of this page. As a group, decide if you’ll be doing any fundraising at this event. If you are, you might want to set an entry price for the event, use fundraising buckets, or plan to sell things such as fruit, cakes, and drinks. If you’re fundraising, choose a mental health organisation to donate the funds to.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  • DIY stress balls: use a balloon and cornstarch to create your own stress ball.
  • Pebble painting: decorate pebbles with messages and pictures to hide in your local community for people to find.
  • Colouring in sheets: create a table with mindfulness colouring in sheets.
  • Plant pot decorating or upcycling: decorate a plant pot with paint and craft items, or turn old yogurt pots, egg boxes or toilet roll tubes into plant pots and offer seeds.
  • Nature art: make artwork using natural items, such as leaves, sticks and shells.
  • Cherry blossom: create cherry blossom paintings using cotton wool.
  • Bath bombs: create a relaxing treat for people to take home
  • Teacup cards: greetings cards with little pockets to put tea bags in.
  • Chatterboxes: an origami (paper folding) craft with wellbeing tips inside.
  • Photo frames: decorated photo frames for pictures of things that make you feel happy.
  • Mindfulness jars: make swirling patterns for when you need a mindful moment.
  • Kindness jars: decorated jars that contain handwritten positive messages.

Run the event

  1. Everyone should arrive around 30 minutes before the event to help set up and get prepared for your guests. Decorations, such as bunting, will help the room look brighter and more welcoming, and it’s important to get tables ready with instructions and equipment for each craft.
  2. When the visitors arrive, some people could be assigned to greet them and make them feel welcome.
  3. 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.
  4. All of the guests can get stuck in to the crafts, with plenty of help from everyone in the Scout group. You may want to serve drinks, have snacks or have seating areas for people to sit and relax.
  5. 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.
  6. If you’re running a drop in event, think about how to make sure you can spread awareness with all the visitors.


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?


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


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

Glue and solvents

Always 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 that 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. Take a look at our online safety or bullying guidance. The NSPCC offers more advice and guidance, too. 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 CommandAs always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare, including their online experiences, follow the Yellow Card to make a report.


Remember to check for allergies, eating problems, fasting or dietary requirements and adjust the recipe as needed. Make sure you’ve suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods. Take a look at our guidance on food safety and hygiene.

You could run a smaller event for friends and family or for another local group. Why not work with another group to make your event bigger and share resources?

If you want to organise a bigger event with a wider range of activities, you could organise a de-stresstival.

There are lots of different jobs that need doing when planning and running an event. There’s a role for everyone, so encourage everyone to be involved in a way that works for them.

People may prefer to work in groups or pairs to create the invites and decorations. If someone needs support in creating the posters, writing down their ideas or making the crafts then give them the opportunity to work with someone else to help them where needed.

People may prefer to work in pairs to make the crafts too. If anyone struggles with fine motor skills, they could use larger materials. If people work in pairs, their partner can also help with the parts they find tricky. Make sure there are crafting materials that everybody can use, such as left-handed scissors or ergonomic grips on pencils and pens.

If you are hosting the event with refreshments included, make sure if you have considered any allergies, food intolerances or dietary requirements, such as gluten free, vegan and halal, and following safe food preparation procedures.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

Think about how can you make more of an impact? Would you want to run more craft activities, or do something different?

Can you share what you did, and encourage others to run similar events?

Everyone can be involved in choosing what crafts to include, and the role they want to play in organising and running the event.

Remember, everyone should be involved in deciding what action they want to take to help their community.