As one of our valued sponsors of Flight for Youth, our 25th Anniversary fundraising campaign, Sequin Art are already enthusiastic supporters of the work our charity does to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local children, young people and families, so we were delighted when they decided to become even more involved by delivering a very special Sequin Art workshop for some of the young people we support in Thetford.
On Wednesday 7th August Digital Marketing Coordinator, Anita Rakauskaite and Operations Manager, Gemma Asplen visited Meet Up, our Youth and Family Centre on the Redcastle Furze Estate and delivered Sequin Art’s first ever workshop. They were armed with packs of Sequin Art craft kits and spent the morning supporting the young people in creating their works of art; helping the young people to carefully follow patterns and fix sequins to a base to make their designs come to life.
Anita explains: “Sequin Art has evolved over recent years from a manufacturer to a more customer-facing business with the development of our new official website. We’re a family run business, based in Swaffham, Norfolk, distributing to over 20 countries worldwide. We produce nearly 1 million craft kits every year.
“We want to support charities and communities. The Benjamin Foundation felt like the ideal fit. It’s lovely to see how the children at Meet Up have connected with and are enjoying our products.”
With lots of designs to choose from, including butterflies, cakes and animals to name just a few, the young people at Meet Up soon got to work, thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to take part in something mindful and creative.
Talia, aged 10 said: “I’m enjoying it because it gets you working. It takes a while to do, so it teaches you not to be impatient.”
Katie, also aged 10, picked out a colourful cake design. She said: “When it’s finished I’m going to put it in my bedroom.”
Meet Up Manager, Mike Towndrow says: “We’re extremely grateful to Sequin Art for delivering a workshop at Meet Up and engaging with our young people. It’s offered a different kind of opportunity – something which is tactile and where the young people see an end product which they’ve spent time creating.
“In a time when a lot of things are digital and screen based, the Sequin Art workshop has offered valuable downtime in order to be creative and it’s extremely rewarding for our young people to finish their pieces and take them home.”
A huge thank you to Gemma, Anita and their colleagues at Sequin Art for their continued support of our charity.
To help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Sequin Art are donating 50p from every butterfly design purchased via their official website to our charity. To learn more and purchase your Sequin Art butterfly craft kit, please visit www.sequinart.com
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