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From September 2016 to September 2017, the SuppArt Group will be running our 'From Little Acorns' project, which is being funded by The Big Lottery Fund with an 'Awards For All' grant. It will give us the opportunity to continue running our weekly arts and crafts sessions (see below for details), as well as running some extra short arts projects in and around the area. We're likely to be running family sessions in the Children's Centre on Langdale Road, at St. Monica's Church Hall, and in Mereside Primary School. Please contact us for more information, or look out for leaflets and posters advertising the sessions. We'd love you to come and join in with us!
We are an arts and crafts group, originally set up in the year 2000 with funding from Blackpool Borough Council through Sure Start. Since then the group has run on a weekly term-time basis, making contact with many families in Clifton Ward in Blackpool. From 2012 the group has been running independently, mainly relying on external funding. Come and join in with our activities in 2017 - do something positive!
We meet at St. Monica's Church Hall, St. Monica's Way, Blackpool, FY4 4FA (just behind the Toby Carvery on Preston New Road). We're there most Friday mornings between 10am and 12pm - but we don't meet during school holidays. Not only do the sessions give people chance for some relaxing and therapeutic time for themselves, trying some arty-crafty activities for a couple of hours, but through socialising and chat the members can also give each other informal mutual support and advice. And the kettle's always hot, ready for a cuppa and a biscuit!
New members are always welcome - come along and meet us (or e-mail us for further information). You don't need any special skills or abilities to join in, just a willingness to have a go. A community artist works with us and he will be able to guide you through various activities.
Over the years the group members have tried many different arts and crafts activities - these have included glass painting, woodwork projects, soapstone carving, batik fabric painting, modroc modelling, copper wire sculpture, mosaic, finger weaving and plaster cast moulding. If you would like to get an idea of some of our activities, please click the links at the top of the page to see photographs of some of the artworks that group members have created over the last few years.