Thamesmead arts and crafts workshops proving popular for adult residents

PUBLISHED: 17:23 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:23 03 April 2013

L-r: Jean Perkins, Seiwa Cunningham and Teresa Gifford

L-r: Jean Perkins, Seiwa Cunningham and Teresa Gifford


Weekly arts and Crafts sessions for adults in Thamesmead are proving popular for local residents.

Neighbours Jean Perkins, 78, and Joy Welch, 75, and have known each other for 30 years, and met 63-year-old Teresa Gifford at the classes.

The latter said: “I would be sitting at home bored, doing nothing if I didn’t come to these classes.

Jean added: “The classes are so much fun. As much as I love making things, I come more for the laughs and the friendships I have built over the last few months.”

Freelance textile artist Seiwa Cunningham, who works with many community groups, schools, colleges, care homes, galleries and museums, said: “I feel very fortunate to work with this lovely group. Everyone has bonded really well and they are all interested in learning and making a success of everything they do.”

Dawn Young, Trust Thamesmead’s head of community services, said: “The weekly arts and crafts workshops are just one activity that is being developed by the Trust and its partners which supports older people in Thamesmead and enables those who are most vulnerable and isolated to become more involved in their community.”

The adult weekly arts and crafts workshops take place at Thamesmead’s newest community hub, The Link Thamesmead, every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3pm.

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