" The sessions are well run, organised and safe"
"Feel at ease and comfortable in the accepting atmosphere"
"There's a real sense of community within the group"
"It is a calm and caring environment with Lisa and her helpers making sure we are all ok"
"I feel safe, within the sessions, and valued"
"I love the relaxed, friendly, supportive atmosphere"
"I have met some lovely people and gone onto prosper from attendee to volunteer"
Process of making
"Feeling glad I have attended each time. Taking home what I have made. Taking time to complete the task. Don't need to rush"
"Lisa is so helpful, kind and knowledgeable. Easy to ask others for help if needed. Always amazed at what we make each week, always new and interesting"
"I now know that I can 'do craft' that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Lisa and the volunteers help and encourage when needed and stand back when they see that 'I can do it'
Learning and sharing new skills
"I love learning new skills each week and I pass these skills onto my friends and family. My children love crafting with me"
"Learnt lots of new craft skills. I would be lost without it"
"I have been able to pass on, new skills, to help one of my friends"
"After attending the group, I've gone on to create, outside the group, which brings me joy and peace. I have gone on to create my own dedicated space at home"
Enjoyment from creativity
"I get so much enjoyment from all of the things we make!!!"
"The time at the workshop goes so fast because I am enjoying myself"
"I enjoy the chance to do something completely unrelated to the stresses of my life. I find the sessions very mindful"
"I enjoy making different items as I love to learn different techniques, it challenges my brain and I feel as though I have accomplished something"
"I enjoy helping to enable others find their inner crafter. Making them a drink and supporting Lisa with creating projects to inspire the attendees"
Socialisation and making new friends
"The group has given me a new social network of like-minded crafty/arty people which is great for my mental health as I have depression"
"I have made lots of new friends at Little Bird SOS. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and there is no gender/class/race divide. Everyone gets on with everyone - it's great"
"I enjoy all the group has to offer, especially friendships"
"I have made lots of new friends and got involved in other crafting opportunities"
"I have made new friends from the group and I now feel better about myself and my situation"
"l have made connections and friends with people who understand me and my feelings"
Generating enthusiasm, hope and optimism
"I enjoy having something to look forward to each week. It gives structure to my otherwise empty week"
"If I didn't have Little Bird SOS in my life, I would feel pretty empty. I always look forward to Friday's"
"Little Bird SOS is a very important part of my life. I look forward to and enjoy every session"
"Attending sessions is, honestly, the highlight of my week; I really look forward to the sessions"
"It provides me with a planned break from all my other pressures"