This club started in 2013 as a project funded by a grant from JRF Foundation which provided a series of activities for over 55s. More than 50 people, mostly women, enjoyed a weekly Gardening Club and Crafts Club, plus two Pottery Courses. Our target area for this project was Tang Hall and Osbaldwick but participants came from all over York and beyond.
The most popular part of the programme was the crafts and when the funding ended participants wanted to continue as a self-run group for all ages from any part of York. Eco-Crafters was chosen as a name for the group as the emphasis is on using recycled crafts materials where possible. The main purpose of the club is to provide a relaxed, social and inclusive space to develop and share crafts skills at affordable costs. Members meet every Wednesday 1-3pm and welcome guests – if you would like to try out a session, please see the Events list and get in touch.
If you enjoy it, you might like to consider joining the club – membership costs just £12 per year and gives you access to 3 sewing machines and lots of materials for use by the club. All can come to as many or few sessions as they like – there’s always a friendly welcome and something new to learn. Those who choose to make items for sale to raise funds for the club and St Nicks charity.
In 2017 the club gratefully received £1,311 from Ambiente Tapas on Goodramgate – the restaurant had made St Nicks their charity of the month and the money is going towards the club’s costs. For more pictures of the group and its crafts, please see below or visit the Flickr album.
Call for upcycling items
The club members like to turn unwanted items into new beautiful things – if you’d like to help them, they are looking for:
Please drop these items off at the Environment Centre. If you have lots to bring, please check that it’s ok with staff first. Thank you!