Our Community Threads project has been working in collaboration with The Hackney Migrant Centre, where we piloted an 8 week art therapy group for adults visiting the service.
Hackney Migrant Centre offer free legal, housing and welfare advice to refugee, asylum seekers and migrants within London. They run a weekly day centre where visitors can access their services and enjoy a hot meal together.
For eight weeks our art therapists held a creative table inviting visitors to the day centre to join us in sewing and embroidery. Over 80 men women and children created an array of images onto Binka squares.
These individual art pieces were sewn together to create a quilt which is now on display in the foyer of Dalston CLR James Library from 31st January until 26th February 2020.
During this project people told us that the art making helped make their 'mind free and relaxing' that before they joined the creative table they felt 'very anxious and very scared of what the future holds' and that after art making they felt 'a little relaxed and happy' and that 'it is 'good, it's kind of enjoying and stress relief'.
During the groups many people commented on the therapeutic nature of sewing and the benefits of being absorbed in the art making and therefore distracted from the difficult situations they were facing.
We are now fundraising to continue the Community Threads project in collaboration with HMC. Help us reach our target by donating on our just giving page.
This pilot project was made possible by the Mayor of London's Culture Seeds fund.