Local craft shop continues to flourish in Whittlesey community

Posted 03/06/2019

82 Crafts and Creations, which is run by Thera East Anglia, has been doing well in Whittlesey thanks to regular customers and a fantastic response from the community.

Sales have been good and steady each month with new suppliers, new stock and regular items being donated.

The craft items made by Club 82’s craft group have been very popular, with lots of different crafts for celebratory occasions.

One of the most successful stock ranges has been Easter 2019, where they made lots of pompom rabbits, sheep and carrot wreaths. This was a huge success and they sold most of the stock they made.

They will soon start to make the Christmas crafts so that they are ready to sell and have enough stock for the shop’s busiest period.

7 people with a learning disability regularly work in the shop as volunteers, some work for a full day and some work for a half day. They are always researching for new ideas to make different crafts that are unique and for people we support to learn new skills.

People are involved in a number of tasks where they have learned lots of new skills including completing fire checks, recording new stock, serving customers and using the till.

The volunteers are working towards gaining a recognised qualification in order to move on to paid employment.

82 Crafts and Creations’ future plan is to rent a larger shop and have a craft room on the premises for people to develop their crafting skills and to also hold different workshops.

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