As far as we know, knack is the only craft subscription box with a team made up entirely of social workers! This potentially gives us a different perspective on how we run things, and the experience we want to give our members. It goes without saying that we want knack to be fun for everyone, but there’s more to it than that.
There are so many mental health benefits of creative activities – particularly crafting and making, and so many of the crafters we’ve spoken to since we started knack have their own personal stories about creativity and mental health. One topic that is particularly close to our hearts, and sadly very relevant at the moment is loneliness.
Loneliness impacts physical and mental health, and was described as “one of the country’s greatest public health issues” before coronavirus. You may be surprised to read that it particularly affects younger people, especially those in the 16-24 and 35-44 age groups. Although we don’t really know the impact of coronavirus and lockdown measures yet, you can imagine that many people will be left feeling lonelier than ever.
However, life and how we connect has adapted in many ways. We log onto Zoom to quiz with friends instead of catching up at the pub. We attend virtual meetings and play virtual teambuilding games. We enjoy online craft fairs, and online craft classes have sprung up in abundance. Many hours of volunteers’ time have gone into phone calls, doorstep visits, letter writing to help reduce loneliness and isolation.
This week was mental health awareness week, and the theme this year is kindness. It’s so important to remember to be kind to others and to ourselves. For many people, taking the time out from their regular routine to focus on creating something is a way of doing this. Through knack, we hope to make this easy and give you dedicated time to relax and enjoy the process of learning and making. Our live stream workshops and Facebook group give you the opportunity to connect with others through your crafting, and mean that people can come together from all over the country (and we hope one day all over the world!) to share the experience.
We were so pleased that everyone who joined our live stream candle making workshop last Sunday with Sarah from Happy by Harper felt more relaxed, more creative and more connected after the workshop.
Each knack box you get also represents a little bit of kindness to others; we donate 50p from each box sold to charity – at the moment to the Campaign to End Loneliness – so with knack you’re choosing a craft subscription box where the positive impact goes far beyond you.