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 Art and craft has long been known to have therapeutic benefits: it can reduce stress, fear and anxiety, has the potential to heal and is a proven way of expressing hidden emotions.

If your organisation is serious about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its staff, then why not invite us in to run a session for you?

Here at Leicestershire Craft Centre we can organise and deliver art and craft well being sessions for groups of all sizes as one-off sessions, or on a regular basis.

Recent sessions have included workshops on Watercolour Painting for Relaxation, Learn to Look and Draw and Needlefelted Landscapes.

We can tailor our sessions to suit the number of people involved from just a few to over 100! No prior skill is required by participants and sessions are suitable for all ages, male or female.

We find that participants usually embrace the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary; enjoy the creative experience and love what they achieve.

"The best thing I've done in nine years of corporate banking!"
Santander delegate

What We Do: Teambuilding Artwork

Aim: to show that every individual's work is an important element in 'the bigger picture' of a company's business.

We take a famous painting and divide it into tiny pieces. Working either individually or as a small group, delegates paint, decorate or collage their image. They do not know what final picture they are making. Once completed we take all the pieces and put them back together to reveal one enormous picture which remains on display in the workplace.

Our largest example of this was with 180 HR delegates from Santander Bank in 2013.

"Katharine and the Leicestershire Craft Centre delivered a great craft based event for us at Santander to help bring to life the spirit of 'Teamwork'. The session involved 150 participants who all worked on a part of a collage which at the end of the day was revealed to be an impressive artwork and a lasting memory of a great day.

By using a craft activity we ensured the day was fun and had everyone mixing together to create something that embodied the meaning of 'Teamwork'. Thank you for a great day! "

Alice Herring, Head of People and Talent, Santander UK.

What We Do: A Learning Journey

Aim: to teach a new skill, encouraging delegates to be creative, learn a new skill and consider creativity as part of their work/life balance.

We teach delegates a crafting technique that they may not have come across before e.g. needlefelting. They have the opportunity to try it out and the things they make can be used to create a piece of artwork for their office environment, or items for the delegate to take home.

In June 2014 we delivered workshops to 180 Santander HR delegates teaching them how to make their own gift bags. Everyone made at least two of their own bags to take home.

In 2019 we delivered a well-being session to staff at a Leicestershire Primary School where they recreated a picture of their favourite place using a needlefelting technique.

In 2019 and 2020 we delivered painting and drawing sessions to HMPS Probabtion Officers on their wellbeing away day.















During lockdown we hosted a number of Zoom craft sessions for companies looking to give their staff a relaxing break. 

Christmas Crafting Sessions 

 In 2019 we were delighted to welcome staff from Market Harborough Building Society for a creative Christmas craft session.



 In December 2014, we provided a Christmas crafting session for the staff at May Marketing. This small business has workers spread across the country who were brought together for their Christmas party at a cottage in the Midlands. We provided a 2 hour session of making Christmas decorations when everyone arrived, which served as a great icebreaker before the real 'partying' began!

We have worked on a regular basis with Leicester University providing social crafting sessions for the students.


 We have provided sewing workshops for mental health patients at The Mett Centre, Leicester.





Contact Katharine on 01858 466692 to discuss your requirements.