Keep your seniors active and creative with these fun craft workshops and classes in Mid Norfolk that will help older people with memory, coordination, and socialisation.
An old saying is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. At Home Instead, we don’t believe such rubbish. The truth is that you can never be too old to learn new things, and one thing that older people are constantly doing are things we typically associate with younger people, whether learning how to drive or learning how to skydive. One of the easiest and most overlooked skills older people can learn are often simple and creative, such as how to stitch blankets, bake cakes, craft pottery, or how to paint.
As you get older it becomes even more important to keep yourself engaged, and few activities are more beneficial for this than learning a craft. Fortunately for people living in Mid Norfolk, there are a range of craft-based activities to choose from in this area.
Art 4 All offer quality tuition suitable for the absolute beginner, and those with more experience. Based in the beautiful village of North Elmham, Art 4 All Norfolk was first created with the core objective that ‘everyone deserves to have the chance to explore their creative side.’
Each of their tutors are practised in their field of expertise and have many years teaching experience, and the class sizes are limited and kept small to ensure everyone enjoys a thorough lesson and gets what they want from the experience. Offering pay-as-you-go weekly classes, they are a perfect way to try out a new hobby without having to fully commit to one style or attending every week. You can either take an Art Class, with pencil drawings and painting in different mediums, to textile work continuing your own project or working off a theme given to you.
Offering willow weaving, pottery and cider making classes, Countryside and Crafts is based at Brakehill Lodge Farmon Shipdham Road. The full list of their courses includes soap and candle making, peg looming to make wool rugs, print work with lino, pottery, willow weaving, and many more interesting and varied activities. Take some time to learn a new skill, enjoy a delicious lunch at no extra cost, and work in a small and friendly group of peers that you can connect with and form strong friendships. This is what arts and crafts are all about!
Based at Bluebell Square at Bawdeswell Garden Centre, Alby Stained Glass is the home of unique handmade glass gifts and glassware. Offering a range of courses and tuition in copper-foil, lead and fused glass, whatever your stained glass needs or ambitions, they can provide the best of their knowledge to teach you.
The tuition and courses programmes are 6-week sessions from 10am to 1pm, or they offer an intense 1-to-1 course over a two-day period, with something for everyone from the beginner to the trained worker. Crafting stained glass is a unique experience with a beautiful result, create something for you loved ones, or for yourself to hang in the sun and see the colours dance in the light.
Arts and crafts are an activity everyone and anyone can enjoy and are a fantastic way to get your seniors working with their hands and engaging in mental stimulation. Whether it’s just to keep them occupied or to provide a fun and accessible activity to help with cognitive conditions, Mid Norfolk has plenty to offer for the budding artisan, no matter how old they are.