Current Workshops

Workshops: Make & Mend

Our current community workshops, Common Threads: Make & Mend provide supportive, creative environments which can help to improve mental health and wellbeing. Participants can learn new textile skills, share skills and feel part of a group.

Common Threads welcomes everyone and we particularly support people with mental health problems, people who are returning to the community after being resident in a mental health setting, people who are vulnerable to mental health problems, people who feel lonely, isolated, or have low self-esteem. Taking place both in clinical settings and the community, the workshops can provide a ‘bridge’ for people returning to the community after residential care and support those at risk of requiring psychiatric intervention.

Our free textile craft workshops take place at Friar Gate Studios in Derby and the Radbourne Unit, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Derby. Anyone with an interest in creative textiles is welcome – participants are at all different stages of life and wellbeing. All materials and equipment are provided.

To join one of our groups, just come along to a session at Friar Gate Studios,  Fleet Arts or email us at


Workshop times and venues 2019


Make & Mend at BEAN Caffé

Friar Gate Studios

Ford St

Derby DE1 1EE

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month:-

Thursday  7 November  10am – 12 noon

Thursday  21 November 10am – 12 noon

Thursday  5 December  10am – 12 noon

Thursday  19 December   10am – 12 noon


Make & Mend at the Radbourne Unit

Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Derby

Please contact us for details