Charity Pop-Up Shop

A ‘pop-up’ shop showcasing examples of hand made arts and crafts by family carers from across the county is being staged this month in the Darwin Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury.

Hosted by Shropshire Rural Community Council, the shop is situated on Level Two of the centre and also provides information on other services and volunteering opportunities available in the county.

Celia McIntyre of Shropshire RCC said: “We have a large variety of different pieces of artwork on display including dry point printing, water colours and pastels, photographs, quilts, knitted toys, embroidery and also wood turning by town crier Martyn Wood.

“These artistic efforts clearly show that carers do have interests and hobbies outside their caring roles and many find this an ideal way of relaxing and expressing their emotions by being creative with their arts and crafts.”

The Shropshire RCC Volunteering Team are on hand to give help and advice to people who wish to carry out some kind of voluntary work, by providing relevant contacts, information and support.

Also on show is information for ‘Get Shropshire Online’ which aims to support people and communities to use the internet and learn more about the information and tools available to them and by also offering free internet training.

Lisa Darkin, rural project officer ,commented: “We have computer lap-tops and mobile internet connection so we can come along to social groups to demonstrate and illustrate to first time users just how easy it is to be involved, whether shopping online or using social media, through a progression course.”

Pictured in the pop-up shop with part of the display are helpers Nickie Edwards (LEFT) and Jan Dodd, holding items created by carers.

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