Creating community links with Hampden Park Shed
‘You can only make the community better by doing things.’
That is the outlook of Lindy Creasy, Shed Co-ordinator at the Hampden Park Shed – a community project started by Age Concern Eastbourne and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The shed is one of three across Eastbourne, with each focusing on a different style of make and mend or craft activity.
The Hampden Park Shed specialises in ‘gentle crafts’ such as sewing, crochet, painting, pottery and stained glass. Not only is it a space for people over 50 to work on a craft they already enjoy or to learn a new skill but is also a safe space for people from all walks of life – something which Lindy is a strong advocate for and has recently won her a ‘Hampden Park Hero’ award.
‘We’re accepting of all identities,’ she told us when we visited in June.
There are several benefits to arts and crafts, both physically and psychologically. This is why they were the perfect group to join our Community Links project (they joined in April 2022) as their services may be of interest to hospice patients, and their families and carers.
While doing arts and crafts helps with fine motor skills, it is also incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.
‘I have seen so many people build in confidence since they have been coming here,’ Lindy told us.
‘Some people who attend may have depression or a lot of anxiety, or they may not see people too often, so it is a great way to reduce social isolation. Friendships are made here and they all look forward to seeing each other.
‘If you enjoy it, you’ve done well and nothing else matters.’
The shed, located on Brassey Avenue, is open from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm. People can attend on whatever day suits them; however, skilled volunteers come in on specific days to teach others their craft. Membership costs £10 a month and gives you access to all three sheds.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Link or would like to find out more about the groups and organisations involved, please visit the Community Links pages on our website.