42nd Street is a fantastic charity that works to support young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Having taken part in previous projects I was delighted to be invited to work with one of their participant groups, Salford Young Carers, making beautiful handcrafted items to sell at a series of pop-up shops in the run-up to Christmas.

The group were great at coming up with ideas. We began with felt and woven jewellery, felt pictures and twinkly felt baubles.

Sparkles, glitter and style were the order of the day with some gorgeous greetings cards. Some of the beautiful messages included in the cards were really inspiring.

With festive songs on the ipod and a Christmas sing-a-long, we rounded off the sessions decorating candlelit jars, perfect for the dinner table.

Our goodies were brought together with the other groups proved very popular with the Christmas shoppers at Salford precinct, Worsley shopping centre and the Lowry outlet. Project co-ordinator Danielle even snuck in an imprompu stall at a local music event at Salford Chapel!

The project was a great success and the groups’ sales raised valuable funds to enable them to invest in their activities and keep providing fun events in the coming year.

A big thank you to Danielle, Kurtiss and to 42nd Street for inviting me to be involved!