Craftivism & Chat
Craftivism and Chat is our monthly group that aims to reduce isolation and loneliness for Deaf and Disabled People through connection and Disability arts. The group also aims to achieve change locally by encouraging involvement in local decision making. Last year, 100% of attendees rated this group good or great.
Craftivism & Chat is controlled by Deaf and Disabled people and is always responsive to the needs of local Deaf and Disabled people. The group also supports Disabled and local artists by hiring them to host workshops. We work together to use disability arts to push for change.
Find out what is happening at our next session by taking a look at our events calendar here - https://www.mertoncil.org.uk/mcilevents/
Changes to Craftivism and Chat during the pandemic
Deaf and Disabled people told us that the pandemic is having a negative effect upon their mental health. Therefore, we are offering an additional Craftivism and Chat group each month. This will be a wellbeing catch up for people to speak about issues that matter to them, stay connected and get peer support.
We are also able to loan tablets to Deaf and Disabled people in Merton to help them get online, stay connected and avoid being digitally excluded.
Throughout the pandemic, the group is being held on the video communications platform Zoom. Once it is safe to do so, the group will take place face to face at a location in Merton.
You can download our Craftivism & Chat easy read leaflet here - Craftivism & Chat Easy Read Leaflet
You can read more about past groups here - https://www.mertoncil.org.uk/getting-involved/craftivism-and-chat/
Craftivism and Chat Packs
We send FREE Craftivism and Chat packs full of art supplies and creative prompts to Deaf & Disabled members who would like to use art to speak up and push for change whilst at home. We were delighted to have had support from superstar Craftivist Sarah Corbett to create our packs.
You can read more about getting involved with Craftivism & Chat by requesting a pack here - https://www.mertoncil.org.uk/getting-involved/craftivism-chat-packs/
You can see some of the art created through Craftivism & Chat at our online exhibition. Coming soon!
Everyone is welcome at Craftivism and Chat. We hope to see you there!
If you would like more information, if you are interested in coming along or would like to host a workshop, please get in touch.