Dollies Dezigns, a community interest company providing craft workshops at low or no-cost to the local community in South Ribble, Lancashire, was a recent beneficiary of our Community Investment Fund (CIF) Emergency Funding.

Our Emergency Fund was set up at the beginning of the pandemic to help people and communities impacted by COVID-19, and it has recently supported several local charities in the lead up to Christmas, of which Dollies Dezigns is one.

Based in Leyland and providing craft workshops for anyone and everyone in the community at either very low or no-cost, the organisation has seen an increase in need as families navigated the pandemic this year, some on low incomes, some with family members affected by COVID-19.

Seeing families struggling and so many activities cancelled due to COVID-19, they wanted to provide free activity packs to spread a little joy and happiness to children and families.

Annemarie Murray who runs Dollies Dezigns said, “It’s been a busy time for Dollies Dezigns.

“We’ve been making craft packs since the start of the first lockdown. Thanks to the funding from Progress Housing Group, we’ve been able to continue running additional craft workshops over the summer holidays and throughout autumn. And we’ve recently been producing extra activity packs for children for both Halloween and Christmas.

“The craft packs have been especially popular with children and we have gone from making 30 per week to 350 in time for Christmas – which your funding has helped support. A big thank you for your support this year.”

Progress Housing Group donated £1000 to Dollies Dezigns who have used the funding to provide craft packs for social services, women’s refuges, and The Place community centre at Wade Hall, as well as schools and local families. They have also provided children’s craft packs to go out with food parcels.

Annmarie adds, “It’s been lovely to see children and adults alike enjoying our workshops and craft activities and helping people get into the Christmas spirit even in these unusual times. With lots of facilities closed this year, we’re so pleased we’ve been able to help even just a little bit to keep people engaged and active throughout this difficult year.”

To find out more about Dollies Dezigns, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/dolliesdezigns

You can view some of the craft items that our funding has helped provide in the video below: