What we do

Our Creative Well is all about using craft and creativity to intentionally improve wellbeing. We offer a safe environment for anyone to develop their own creative coping strategies, particularly using knitting and crochet.

There is a growing body of work that helps us to understand how our minds and bodies respond to stress and how we can keep well. Our Creative Well utilises this knowledge and years of experience working with vulnerable people to enable change and to support people to grow in their own sense of wellbeing.

We are based in Nottingham, but if you have a venue we can offer therapeutic crafting workshops for group sizes of up to 20 participants anywhere in the UK.

We are particularly well-equipped to work with vulnerable groups, including children and young adults, as well as survivors of abuse.

Emma, the founder of Our Creative Well, is a HCPC registered, trauma-informed practitioner and mental health first aider with an up-to-date DBS certificate. She has extensive experience in facilitating groups focused on wellbeing.

We value diversity and inclusivity. We are always welcoming, regardless of ethnic background or whether or not someone is a member of the LGBTQI+ community and we are aware of the unique and varied challenges these communities face. We only ask that workshop participants arrive with the same inclusive and welcoming mindset.

Our story

Hi. My name is Emma. I am the power behind Our Creative Well.

In 2011, I was a rookie social worker with a caseload of vulnerable children, the majority of whom lived two hours from where I worked. In a mad bid to survive that first year, I decided to learn to crochet. It started as a way to manage long train journeys when I wasn’t able to work (the dark days before remote working enabled such things) and to relieve the accompanying stress and anxiety my caseload produced.

I have always been creative, but it was often stifled by this internal narrative that the art that I produced wasn’t "real" or "worthy". These "creativity scars" would reappear each time I took to heart the off-hand comments of others, and allowed them to stop me from creating.

I didn’t understand it at the time, but by trusting that I could learn something new, I was investing in a radical process of self-care. By picking up a crochet hook I was saying to myself "I have enough value that I can create something".

Those first few attempts were not beautiful (or even recognisable) but learning and using craft to manage my own wellbeing became a mainstay of my social work survival kit. Crocheting also taught me to recognise when a project wasn’t working and to let it go – supporting my ability to do the same with my frontline practice.

I loved the relationships I built with social work, the possibility it opened up for transformation and change. But after six years of developing a wide-variety of skills, I left social work to work abroad. Without the boundaries of traditional social work, I was able to see how creativity could impact the lives of children and young people both as part of individual work and groups.

It was only then that creativity tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was willing to try something new. Perhaps the skills and experience that I had developed in both craft and social work could co-exist. Maybe there could be a way to sit alongside others and help them to develop their own simple, creative coping mechanisms.

And so, Our Creative Well was born.

Contact us

You can contact us by sending an email to ourcreativewell@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can send us a message using the form below.

Please note that we CANNOT offer any substitute for medical care, either in an emergency or otherwise. If you believe this is something you require then we have a list of useful contacts available here.