As a Community Interest Company we aim to support people's health and wellbeing through a variety of crafts and creative opportunities and here are some of our current and past projects:
Greenspace Community Crafts
Our fortnightly Community Crafts group meets at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth. Everyone is welcome to come along. We try out different crafts and take part in group activities to benefit the community. It's a great opportunity to send some time outdoors (in good weather and have some time to yourself. £5 each, concessions available.
Kindly supported in 2024 by Derbyshire Mind.
Wildlife and Wellbeing
Supported by Derbyshire County Council we are running fortnightly sessions up at Mount Cook adventure Centre in Wirksworth. This group is free to anyone who wants to improve their mental health and wellbeing through outdoor activity; creating spaces for nature whilst learning new skills and spending time outdoors with others. Get in touch if you'd like to come along.
Land Army Project
As part of the 'Women on the Land' Project; A Heritage Lottery funded project through the WEA, Wild Roots Creative worked with Community groups accross South Yorkshire to create a willow sculpture of a Land Army Girl. This project which took place over winter 2022-23 saw almost 100 individuals spend time with us learning willow weaving skills and recognising the achievements and efforts of the Women's Land Army.
Heritage Crafts for All
Supported by the heritage lottery fund Wild Roots Creative have been busy developing skills in heritage crafts and sharing them with our community both online and in person; helping others to connect to their heritage and environment through learning traditional craft skills. Read our project overview here and keep an eye out for lots more chances to engage with heritage crafts with us in the future through our workshops and attendance at events.
The Waltham Angel
Christmas 2020. Kindly funded by the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund this project brought together local infant school children with older adult residents in a joint celebration of Christmas. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OUTCOMES.
Supporting Adult Learners
In 2022 Wild Roots Creative are aiming to become an accredited centre offering high quality vocational courses for adult learners, improving skills, confidence, wellbeing and employability. Supported by the the National Lottery Community Fund we aim to reach a wide range of adult learners using crafts, conservation and traditional skills.
Create and Connect
Doorstep deliveries of crafts for wellness running in the Derbyshire Dales in Spring 2021. Funded by the Commissioners vulnerability fund this project offers support to isolated individuals through craft activity and regular contact.
CICK HERE to see the outcomes of round 1....
A Winter 2021 project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Corn Dolly Project
Through the support of the John Weston Fund and Foundation Derbyshire we are working on a community project looking at the heritage craft of straw weaving and making corn dollies. More details about how to get involved will be available in spring 2022