Hugely successful Craftfest event

Hugely successful Craftfest event

15 August 2018

THE Downpatrick-based charity, Life Change Changes Lives, took part in a very successful craft fair at Castle Ward over the weekend.

The Craftfest on Saturday and Sunday attracted many visitors and the various stalls enjoyed plenty of business over the two days.

Innovative furniture made by Life Change Changes Lives clients was exhibited throughout the estate, in the main house, and along the trail between The Courtyard and The Barn.

Most of the pieces of work were accompanied by the artist and their journey towards recovery was generously shared by the member and displayed alongside their work.

The recycled and upscaled furniture from the Pop Up Art art for therapy project was highly praised for its quality, imagination, and uniqueness.

Many visitors enjoyed watching the work in progress in such an inspirational and magnificent setting with several children and adults encouraged to interact by joining the artists to help work on the project and signing their names on the back of the doors.

Life Change Changes Lives is based in Market Street, Downpatrick, and is a highly acclaimed charitable organisation providing professional and confidential counselling, mental health and addiction support, suicide intervention, helping to minimise social isolation, alongside encouraging wellness and recovery and family support.

The charity also provides opportunities for people with a variety of problems to engage in constructive support activities in the community.

Sincere thanks have been extended to Shirley Millar, Event Co-ordinator at the National Trust, and the wider team for their welcome and hospitality and to Geoff Magill, Volunteering and Participation Officer, for his wonderful encouragement, support, and professionalism to ensure the participation of Life Change Changes Lives was a success.