Our Community Grant Supports
Arts & Crafts Workshops

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Mary Frances Trust was set up by 2 women 25 years ago to help local people with mental health issues achieve their aspirations and goals.   Mary Frances Trust continues this work today, helping those who are experiencing any kind of emotional or mental distress, and the need for their services has grown from 30 to 300 referrals each year.

Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health problems that can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds and it is estimated that one in four people will experience mental health problems over the course of a year. 

The Charity welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds and has developed a large range of groups and activities that help promote recovery and social inclusion and improve health and wellbeing. 

Arts and craft activities are a great way to have fun and research shows the positive benefits of arts projects to people's mental health, so Walton Charity were happy to support this work with a Community Grant to help them run a series of arts and crafts workshops, which are taking place across Elmbridge over the next two years. Currently there are weekly sessions at the Joseph Palmer Centre in West Molesey and monthly sessions at St Mary’s Church in Molesey. Workshops will also be on offered at venues in Hersham, Claygate, Cobham and Weybridge.

One participant, Susan, said: “The Art and crafts sessions really help with reducing my stress levels and I can forget about all my problems.”

Another participant, Alan, said: “I often found myself sitting at home bored and isolated which caused me to feel depressed. After attending several art sessions, I was meeting new people and have made some good friends in the process. My mental health has improved a lot.”

For more information about Mary Frances Trust click here: https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk

For further information about Walton Charity’s Community Grants programme click here: https://www.waltoncharity.org.uk/grants-community/