Crafter Angela Malcolm – whose passion for textiles and sewing led to her setting up shop with support from Carers’ Resource – is now saying ‘thank you’ by running free workshops for carers.
Angela, of Silsden, was one of several makers who successfully exhibited and sold their unique hand-made products at the Carers’ Resource’s pop-up shop. Organised by our CReate service, the shop was held in an empty unit in Bradford city centre for four days last year and was a great success.
Now the 55-year-old former food technology teacher, who went on to set up her own not-for-profit shop Been Busy, in Silsden, near Keighley, is to run a free crafting workshop at the Carers’ Resource centre in Park View Court, St Paul’s Road, Shipley, on Thursday, June 25, 10am to 12pm.
She will be teaching carers ‘candle stamping’ – the art of transforming ordinary candles into special ones using rubber stamping – and talking to the group about how the pop-up shop ‘transformed’ her life.
Mrs Malcolm, who used to be a carer for her late mother, said: “The experience of taking part in the pop-up shop was very powerful as I saw the impact it had on people when they were able to achieve something for themselves – they were making things themselves and selling them.
“I had such a positive response to my work, and as well as selling it, I also earned some commissions.
“It really helped boost my confidence and so many of the people who were involved have gone on to do other things because of it – it’s been a wonderful catalyst.”
Angela and husband Neil, who are also Shared Carers for Bradford Council and provide short breaks for young people with additional needs, mainly autism, run the shop together. They are also in the process of registering as a Community Interest Company. their story recently featured in the Telegraph & Argus.
Through some extra support from CReate at Carers’ Resource Mrs Malcolm was helped to gain funding through local business support agencies for four sewing machines and access to a mentor to help her develop her ideas.
Candy Squire-Watt, CReate Facilitator at Carers’ Resource, said: “Angela is an inspiration to others and she has achieved so much through her enthusiasm and determination.
“We’re delighted she is coming back to give this free workshop and her story will also have a great influence on others and may even help to encourage some to follow in her footsteps.”
To book a place on the Crafting Workshop contact Candy Squire-Watt, Carers’ Resource CReate Facilitator, on (01274) 449660, or email firstname.lastname@example.org