The Craftzone at Kilmarnock’s Howard Centre is a hidden hive of arts and crafts activities.
A community arts project, funded by the Church of Scotland, the organisation’s purpose-made art room is in the former church in Portland Road, now a buzzing community meeting place and outreach centre.
The Craftzone’s two members of staff organise a wide range of art sessions for people of all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults – and you don’t need to be a seasoned crafter or accomplished artist to benefit.
Helen Ball, who leads the children and family classes, said: “The aim of the project is to provide opportunities for members of the community, regardless of age or ability, to develop their creative skills inn a relaxed, caring environment.”
The Craftzone opened in December last year and over the past eight months, various classes and workshops have been held.
The Craftzone is part of the overall programme of community work being done under the umbrella of the Howard Centre.
The ethos behind the Howard Centre is to encourage all sections of the community here in Kilmarnock to come along and see what’s on offer.
The Rev Jamie Milliken from the Howard Centre, associate minister at St Andrew’s and St Marnock’s, said: “It is a particularly tough time for people just now and we welcome the people of Kilmarnock to come along and see what’s on offer here.
“As well as the Craftzone, we have the Well Community Cafe which runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am and 3pm, the International Cafe for people who use English as a second language and the Broken Chains meetings on a Sunday.”
The centre is fast becoming one of Kilmarnock’s most well used community hubs as it is also being used by many local organisations, including the Kilmarnock School of Dance, Ayrshire Pregnancy Service, VIPs and Musical Minds.
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