Craftivism & Chat Packs

We created Craftivism & Chat packs during the pandemic. We wanted to provide local Deaf and Disabled people with creative ways to speak up and push for change. 

Ways to stay creative and push for change this holiday season! - You can download a PDF of the poster  - Here


1. Craftivism & Chat Pack Prompt for Jan 2021 January’s prompt: Get an A6 piece of card, at the top write ‘what its like being    Disabled in Merton’ and then draw an image or write some words that describe your experience.  2. Get involved with our collaborative canvas that shows the impact of the pandemic on Disabled people Get a square piece of card write a word, doodle, write a short poem, paint, whatever comes to mind when you think of how the pandemic has affected you. These will be stuck together to create a large art piece.  3. Citizen Journalism  Grab your smartphone or tablet, press record and speak up about an issue that is important to you.  4. Capture Access Issues  Take photographs of accessibility issues in Merton.   5. Create an Acrostic Poem with the Word Independence In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line spells a word. The word is the    subject of the poem. Write ‘Independence’ vertically down one side and create a   poem on the other.   Please share what you create over the holiday season with us via post or email.  If you need art supplies to get involved please get in touch and we will   send you a Craftivism and Chat pack.


 craftivist pack

Photo above is a post from Merton CILs Members and Supporters group on Facebook 

Why we wish you to be involved with 'Craftivism and Chat' whilst staying home due to coronavirus 


1. Help make change happen 

Combining activism and arts & crafts is a great way to attract attention and help your voice be heard more. Craftivism provokes thinking and creatively encourages others to be part of improving our communities. 

 2. Stay connected and look after your wellbeing

One of the aims of our group is to reduce isolation and loneliness and we hope this work will continue whilst we are unable to meet up in person. Therefore, sharing our creations and speaking vulnerably about our worries allows us to create something special to connect and converse with others respectfully. Arts & Crafts is also a great way to slow down, reflect and recharge. 

 3. Using time for Changemaking

A lot of us have been considered high risk and have been in isolation for a number of weeks. If you are bored of Netflix and have run out of books to read why not join us in some Craftivism and Chatter using your hands, head and heart together? 

4. Disability Arts are important 

Disability art can help to highlight the issues faced by Deaf and Disabled people, be a catalyst for thought and action and is therefore an important part of the Disability Rights movement. 


We had support from the amazing Sarah Corbett of The Craftivists Collective to pull together the packs & the reasons to get involved above. She also wrote a hand written letter to our members and fellow craftivists. Have a read below. A copy is included in all Craftivism & Chat packs. 

Letter from Sarah CorbettSarah corbett



If you have your own materials at home but would like to get involved you can:

Download our Craftivism & Chat pack note here - Craftivism & Chat pack note

You can take a look at Sarah's Craftivist Manifesto here -

You can read more about Sarah and The Craftivists Collective here -

You can look read about past Craftivism & Chat groups here -

And you can get inspired and take a look at some Disability arts here -


Share what you create with us!

We would love to see all that you create, so that we can share it with our members and inspire them to get involved in Craftivism and Chat too.

You can share pictures of your arts & crafts with us by posting to social media and tagging us on the following platforms :

Instagram: @MertonCIL

Facebook: @MertonCIL

Or join our closed FB group: Merton CIL Members and Supporters

Twitter: @MertonCIL

If you want what you create to be shared anonymously or you create a video you can email us at

Or use the hashtag #mertoncil


 If you are a member of Merton CIL or a Deaf or Disabled person living in Merton please get in touch to request a pack -

If you not a member of Merton CIL or a Deaf or Disabled person and would like a Craftivist pack please get in touch to discuss.