Our courses are the most important part of what we do. We aim to make the experience of learning as fun, as inspiring and as life-changing as we can. Our graduates tell us this is something we are good at and now, with continued funding, we are able to offer even more Courses and Workshops
Our programme offers something for all ages and range of abilities, from beginners to those more experienced, and we deliver from venues at the heart of your community. There really is something for everyone: from a 30-minute workshop to a 6-month back to work project.
We have listened to our graduate’s feedback and this year we have developed our Fullspoon course, added Woodworks, a carpentry course, and we are running a series of community learning sessions in St Neots (the Feel Good range). The benefits of crafting to well-being is well documented and we have added elements of mindfulness, stress reduction techniques and personal reflection exercises to our popular Craftworks and renamed it Craftworks for Confidence.
Feel Good workshops offer the opportunity to be taught by GAP designers, tutors or local artists to create a craft project in a day to take home and enjoy. We even offer Feel Good Volunteering. Feel Good Family gives parents and their children the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques together in a fun way. And then we have Enchanted Days children’s workshops at Milton Country Park. If you went last year you’ll be sure to remember the fairies, magicians and knights running the craft workshops at the Wild Place.
Can I apply?
If you have been living in the UK for 3 years, are working 16 hours or less and are over 19 years of age you are eligible for Craftworks, Fullspoon and Woodworks courses. If you have been living in an EEA country for 3 or more years you may be eligible. If your normal Country of residence is on this list you are welcome to apply. These restrictions do not apply to our Feel Good Workshops.
Please read our Terms and Conditions before enrolling on any of our courses. They can be downloaded here.
How can I enrol?
For Craftworks and Fullspoon
Step 1. Find the course for you
Step 2. Go to upcoming events and click on your chosen course
Step 3. Click the enrol now button
Step 4. Send us your completed enrolment form*
Step 5. We'll send you an Eventbrite invite to make the payment
Step 6. We'll confirm your place and send you the relevant course information
For all Feel Good Making and Enchanted Days
Step 1. Find the course for you
Step 2. Go to the event link and click the buy now button
Step 3. On Eventbrite select the correct session by date and then complete the booking
Step 4. We'll send you the relevant course information
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
*If you have any queries about the event feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at the GAP Learning Office on 01480 731131
What is the refund policy?
Please see our terms and conditions.
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Craftworks for Confidence is a five week course that teaches a variety of creative projects to develop skills and understanding of mindfulness. As well the core objectives further emphasis will be on creating and developing craft products to make and/or sell.
Craftworks enable people to make friends, share ideas and inspirations while crafting. This course helps set targets and make them achievable through small step by step plans. Mindfulness techniques are explored each week such as breathing, sensory immersion and gratitude exercises.
Over the five weeks we will be covering many different aspects of making products to sell but also creating beautiful items for you to take home. The weekly craft projects will explore different ways to improve your well being for instance using aromatherapy and exploring colour theory in everyday life.
- * Create a Vision Board to aid goal setting and explore paper crafting techniques
- * Explore Colour theory and therapy. Use colourful crystals and jewellery-making skills to make sun catchers
- * Learn about Sustainability and the materials and processes that are kind to the environment. Explore aromatherapy when making candles
- * Explore Symbolism in art to make a self portrait journey canvas for Anonymous Individuals
- * Learn different textile art techniques to create collaborative project exploring ideas about Gratitude
There is also an opportunity to learn about selling work and how to develop a product for anyone wishing to learn more. As part of the course learners are encouraged to gain knowledge and experience about events management – learning skills such as organising, set-up and volunteering to run and be part of a Craftworks Collective (self-organised crafting groups run by Craftworks graduates) as well as cooperative selling opportunities including GAP Learning Celebration Event & Anonymous Individuals touring art exhibition.
Fullspoon for Confidence is a five week course that teaches people how to cook delicious, low-cost healthy food on a budget. As well the core objectives further emphasis will be on reducing food waste and making the most from simple ingredients.
Fullspoon teaches basic food handling skills, budgeting and healthy eating and concentrates on using fresh fruit and vegetables. The course aims to teach the benefits of eating a balanced diet for whole families. It encourages experimenting with fresh ingredients to re-create recipes at home to build confidence. The course also includes mindfulness techniques every week such as breathing exercises, sensory immersion related to food, i.e. taste, smell and presentation.
The course recipes are adjusted for each course but usually includes delicious soups, salads, smoothies, bread, pasta bakes, stir fries and curries. Dietary requirements are taken into consideration and recipes can be easily adapted.
- * to learn basic safe food preparation and cooking skills
- * to save money by using seasonal or last day ingredients by budgeting wisely
- * to reduce sugar intake and saturated fat intake
- * to show a variety of simple, low-cost recipes that can be recreated at home
- * to learn a variety of food preparation and cooking techniques
There is an opportunity to gain a Level 2 Food Safety certificate where applicable.
We believe your creative time is precious and we're here to help you make the most of it! The Feel Good workshops include mindfulness techniques and well-being activities, giving you time to make, cook, find meaning and be mindful.
With expert advice from Craftworks tutors, you are sure to take home beautiful hand-crafted gifts, food and homeware... and more at these creative sessions. All materials, tools and equipment are included - from thousands of beads, reams of papers, metres of fabric and glues galore to printing screens and jewellery-making pliers. The Feel Good Making workshops include mindfulness techniques and well-being activities, giving you time to make, find meaning and be mindful.
Join us in the lovely Cambridgeshire town of St Neots at Loves Farm House. The bright and airy studio is perfect for making and parking is free! Make a day of it - there are many great teashops for a slice of cake or lunch in the town afterwards with good shops and places to visit such as the Riverside Park and St Neots Museum.
Love’s Farm House aspires to be a place of connection, cohesion and belonging, where neighbours become friends, residents become a community and everyone can be part of the story.
- * Feel Good Making
- * Feel Good Volunteering
- * Feel Good Family Making
- * Feel Good Family Cooking
Group sizes are small and friendly, perfect for you, a loved one or your group of friends. Refreshments are included. Here's some things people have said about our workshops -
"I have really enjoyed the course and getting back into crafting again. I enjoyed meeting people and working within a group"
"Very enjoyable, friendly and relaxed"
"I would recommend as it's a wholesome experience where you get to be expressive through arts"
The profits from our Feel Good Making workshops go to fund our free community courses for people living with life challenges. We aim to make a positive impact for all.