Thanks to funding from the Asda Foundation, Hand In Hand Activities CIC were able to offer resin craft workshops at Grays Road Institute throughout the month of November, a little later than originally planned.

Throughout lockdown, conversations on WhatsApp led to an exploration of creative hobbies and interests and a number of people commented they would be very interested in trying their hand at resin crafts. Resin craft has become quite popular in recent years with creations such as the River / Waterfall Table and 1p copper coin counter tops popping up on popular selling sites and custom creations.

Robert Watson, Director said, “We like to be proactive in our efforts to being the community opportunities to gather, socialise and try new things so when the funding from Asda Foundation became available we knew it was definitely worth a try. Thankfully, Asda Foundation staff spotted the value in what we were trying to achieve and we are so grateful that they chose to support our project by giving us the funding to purchase good quality craft resin, a variety of silicone moulds and PPE.”

Resin workshops have been taking place at Grays Road Institute twice a week throughout November and those who have attended have made a variety of multi-coloured resin creations such as tea light candle holders, book marks and pens. There has also been a very festive feel to the sessions, with many opting for Christmas decorations, adding a homemade and personalised feel to their own personal festivities and gifts this year. Excess resin projects have been advertised for sale, at cost, to help fund future sessions.

The activity has brought a real community spirit with those who have attended taking to helping and supporting each other in the craft, coming together afterwards to share stories over tea and cake and the growth of connections on social media, keeping people connected now that the sessions have concluded.

Feedback from the sessions has been very positive and we are now going to explore options to see if we can continue to deliver some regular resin craft sessions in the new year.

If you attended any resin craft sessions, please let us know what you thought in the comments below.


4 Comments

Lynne Amos · November 30, 2021 at 3:24 pm

I’ve never really been ‘into’ crafting but when the chance to attend a resin workshop which was running alongside another group that I go to, I thought I’d give it a go.
I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ve made some lovely Christmas decorations that match my colour scheme and a book mark for myself.
Those of us who attended were like excited school children, trying to decide what to make and what colours to use, there was such a good choice. I made some mistakes ( pouring the resin too fast) but I was able to try again with better results. The group worked quite closely together and we were able to tell each other what methods worked best . We also had a few laughs along the way – always a bonus. I have expressed an interest in carrying on with this activity. I think I have the confidence to be a bit more adventurous now.

Liz Foulger · November 30, 2021 at 9:29 pm

Well eventually I was persuaded to have a go at this and now I can’t wait to see the piece taken from the mould. Thanks Gale for persuading me and giving me guidance along with Alison. Hope it can be continued in the new year.

Gale Clark · November 30, 2021 at 9:32 pm

I have really enjoyed experimenting with resin and doing something that I have got a lot of pleasure out of. The fun and laughter of working with other people and seeing the end results of something I have make. I find it very therapeutic for my mental and physical health. I would be very interested in carrying on with this activity again.

Gale Clark · November 30, 2021 at 9:33 pm

I have really enjoyed experimenting with resin and doing something that I have got a lot of pleasure out of. The fun and laughter of working with other people and seeing the end results of something I have make. I find it very therapeutic for my mental and physical health.

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