The Hive JQ

The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces.

What is the project about?

Throughout 2021 and 2022 we are running an enterprise project called Crafting for All. Our monthly sessions will provide an opportunity for people with a learning disability or specific learning need to gain practical enterprise and traditional crafting skills. 

By the end of the project the makers will have produced quality hand-made items.


Who is running the project?

This project is a collaboration between The Hive and ATHAC.

The Hive is a community craft and heritage venue with an organic cafe and bakery and exhibition spaces, located in the Jewellery Quarter. It is run by the Ruskin Mill Land Trust. We are proud to offer a friendly and inclusive welcome to all our visitors.

Currently we have funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and run craft projects for a range of different groups as part of our heritage programme.


The sessions will be coordinated and supported by ATHAC who provide services to help individuals and their families Access to Heritage Arts and Culture as well as training and skill-based learning opportunities.

Carol Reid from ATHAC is the main contact for participants.


Who can get involved?

  • The project is designed for people with a learning disability or specific learning need. 
  • It is free to take part.
  • Participants will need to travel to The Hive.
  • We will provide snacks and drinks.
  • We would like participants to commit to coming regularly to the sessions.

There are spaces available for new members to join.

We will keep a waiting list if there are not enough places available.


What will happen in the project? 

In the block of sessions, participants will experience a range of crafting techniques including;

  • leatherwork
  • jewellery making
  • printing
  • feltwork

The initial block of sessions will be hands-on, fun and facilitated by professional makers and artists.

The participants will then choose one of these crafts to focus on and learn further skills. They will produce a selection of items suitable for sale.


Where and when will the project be run?

All making sessions will be held in The Makers Studio at The Hive, Vittoria Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. B3 1ND.

You can find out about getting to us and access here: Visit The Hive.


How can I register my interest in getting involved?

You can fill in an online registration form by Booking a ticket below. We will ask you some questions to help us understand more about you and the best way we can support you on the project. YOU MUST ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO REGISTER.

After you have registered, Carol Reid will contact you and answer any questions you may have.

If you need assistance to register or wish to discuss this project further, please contact Carol Reid from ATHAC: 07977 880132. 

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