Belford residentsget crafty at Bell View

Belford residents were invited to get crafty at an interactive session designed to encourage social interaction, boost confidence and improve mental wellbeing.

Friday, 31st March 2017, 8:03 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:07 pm
Judith Rosby with Walter Nesbit, Four Housing Community Fund, and Alex Wood, Four Housing.

Held at Bell View Resource Centre in conjunction with the Bernicia Group, which comprises Four Housing, the event saw residents share their skills in a relaxed, easily-accessible environment.

Under the instruction of experienced craft tutor Joyce Luby, who is also trained as a counsellor, participants created embossed cards, jewellery, potpourri decorations, and felted pots and bowls.

Bernicia has been working hard to support residents affected by social isolation and inform them of opportunities to combat loneliness in the local area. It recently held IT workshops in Wooler and social isolation workshops in Seahouses.

Gillian Buchan, customer engagement officer at Bernicia, said: “As a landlord we’re committed to not only providing high quality housing, but also to improving our residents’ health and mental wellbeing, which will therefore boost their quality of life.

“The craft session, which was part of a series of events taking place at the resource centre, proved extremely successful and residents have already commented on how much they’re looking forward to the next meeting.”

Resident Sarah Blyth said: “The classes have helped me to get out of the house, otherwise I’m very isolated. It has been a great way to meet new friends. I find the classes very relaxing and calming, which has helped with my anxiety.”

Those who attended the creative craft session were invited to attend additional events being held at Bell View Resource Centre over the coming weeks. For more information, visit

A recent study by Age UK found that almost half of older people (49 per cent of 65+ UK) said television or pets are their main form of company and around 30 per cent would like to go out more often.