Carol's Confidence Grows Dramatically After Running Her Own Weekly Crafting Sessions

Creating and running her own weekly crafting sessions at the Accomplish Social Club has seen Carol’s confidence “grow dramatically”, helped her meet new people as well as share her skills and talents with others.

It’s a process that sees Carol carefully plan sessions two months in advance, create projects to share and work collaboratively to ensure her students have the materials they need for each week. To get ready for each session, Carol and her team create a “here’s one I prepared earlier” example of the project too. It is a lot of work but she is loving the responsibility and the opportunity to teach people new skills.

The Accomplish Social Club was created during the pandemic as a way of virtually bringing people together to enjoy shared activities such as coffee mornings, book club sessions and quizzes using the Teams virtual platform and Carol, who lives at Cildewi House had enjoyed attending.

Everyone at Accomplish was invited to not only come along to the Social Club, but also to create and run sessions. As Carol has always enjoyed arts and crafts, the team supporting her asked if she would like to create some sessions for the social club and Carol enthusiastically agreed.

With support from her team, Carol developed “Carol’s Creative Corner” and began running her sessions in July 2021. The sessions are carefully planned eight weeks in advance by Carol and the team at Cildewi. Carol looks at themes and projects weeks in advance and plans in what materials will be needed for each week.

Since beginning the sessions in July – when she says she felt a little nervous – Carol’s confidence has grown dramatically. Now Carol says she isn’t nervous at all and really looks forward to holding her sessions.

Carol is rightly very proud of her achievements in creating “Carol’s Creative Corner” and said: “The best thing about doing the sessions is all the people I have met every week and chatting with them. The best week was when I made flapjacks – those are my favourites!”

Justine Cahill, Divisional Managing Director at Accomplish Group said: “Our aim at Accomplish is to make every day amazing, to have fun and to maximise people’s independence as much as possible. Carol is an example of all three of those aims – she is doing an amazing job creating and running these sessions. Her confidence has grown and she is using and learning new skills as well as teaching them to others.

“Everyone who attends the Carol’s Creative Corner sessions really loves them and Carol should be rightly proud of her achievements.”

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