Creative Carers

From Monday 2nd October 2023

This Autumn Out of the Blue and VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) are working in partnership to offer unpaid carers a number of creative and inspiring workshops that carers can enjoy to take time away from their caring role, try something new and connect with others. 

These free creative workshops include aerial dance, pottery, dressmaking, jewellery, eco printing and drama. The workshops are open for beginners as well as those who have some prior experience. The workshops will take place at Out of the Blue Drill Hall at 32-36 Dalmeny St and at Abbeymount Studios at the top of Easter Road.

Programme

Dressmaking – FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

By Remode Collective

Learn the skills of dressmaking, sewing, repair or upcycling.

Saturday mornings, 10:30am – 12:30pm at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

8 weeks starting from Saturday 7th October (not 21st)

Pottery – FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

By Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop

Develop your pottery skills with this short practical ceramics course.

Monday evenings, 6:30pm – 9:00pm at Abbeymount Studios

9 weeks starting from Monday 2nd October

Printmaking – FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

By Out of the Blueprint

Discover the art of printmaking in a supportive and relaxed environment.

Saturday afternoons, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

9 weeks starting from Saturday 7th October

Aerial Dance – FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

By All or Nothing

Introduction to aerial skills, learning things like hanging upside down, learning moves on the trapeze and climbing the silks.

Friday mornings, 10:00am – 11:30am at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

9 weeks starting from Friday 6th October

Jewellery – FULLY SUBSCRIBED!

By Precious Metals Workshop

Learn the basics of jewellery making from sawing, soldering, forming, doming, texturing and enamelling.

Monday evenings, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Out of the Blue Drill Hall

9 weeks starting from Monday 2nd October

The Creative Carers programme is funded by the Scottish Government’s Health and Wellbeing Fund, via EVOC

VOCAL Wee Breaks supports unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian to take time to breathe, recharge and think about themselves for an hour, a day or longer.

The service focuses on empowering carers to take time away from their caring roles to be able to continue to carer in good physical and mental health into the future – from where to start and overcoming barriers to exploring what a break looks like for you, co-coordinating replacement care, travel, exploring funding options and much more. For more info, check out the Wee Breaks website

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