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Made in Sharrow: Festive workshops for all the family

by Now Then Sheffield
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Christmas is coming and community organisation Made in Sharrow are hosting a series of festive family workshops. We chatted to Christopher Jarratt from Made in Sharrow to find out more about what they've got planned.

Tell us a bit about Made in Sharrow and who's involved.

Made in Sharrow is a community-led CNC workshop run by Sharrow Community Forum, a Sheffield charity which works to improve the Sharrow neighbourhood and the lives of local people. We aim to introduce our community to the joys of designing and making high-quality creations together, supporting skills development and wellbeing.

All income from Made in Sharrow sales goes back into running the workshops and providing low-cost or free workshop activities for disadvantaged members of our community.

You've got some festive family making workshops coming up. What can people get involved with?

Christmas making activities for 2019 include making either a stunning bird box or children's play toolset - perfect festive projects which families can enjoy together, or grown-ups can come alone and keep their beautiful, handmade projects secret until the big day. Each workshop includes festive refreshments and an artisan product (made by you!) to take home.

The workshops include CNC cutting demonstrations, finishing and assembly techniques. All profits go towards supporting community groups to use the workshop for educational and therapeutic purposes.

No woodwork experience is necessary

When and where are the festive workshops happening? And who are they for?

They are all taking place in the Made In Sharrow Workshop at Sharrow Community Forum, Old Junior School, South View Road, S7 1DB. Anyone aged 8+ is welcome. Children aged 8-16 years must be accompanied by an adult. No woodwork experience is necessary.

The workshop dates are:

Bird Box - 30 Nov, 10am-1pm & 10 Dec, 5-8pm. Cost £24.

Children's Wooden Toy Toolset - 7 & 8 Dec, 10am-3pm. Cost £40.

To find out more or to book your place on a workshop, contact reception@sharrowcf.org.uk or call 0114 250 8384.

Are the products created through Made in Sharrow available to buy?

We will have a stall at Nether Edge Christmas Market, Sunday 1 December from 11-3pm, where we will be selling our in-house made Christmas gifts and our Big Fix kits (build-it-yourself kits), including wooden toy cars, bird houses, Christmas decorations, salad planters and stools. There'll be loads of great, high-quality, locally-made gifts.

What's on the horizon for Made in Sharrow in the new year?

We are continuing to develop our work with Claire Jepson and the Sheffield Dementia Ward, developing the research into the benefits and enjoyment of woodwork for people with dementia, which continues to produce some really exciting and positive results.

We also have an exciting project in the pipeline with the wonderful young people at Highfield Adventure Playground, creating unique youth club designed and built play equipment. Watch this space.

Find out more about Made in Sharrow here.

Flick Jackson

by Now Then Sheffield

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