The Hive JQ

What is the project about?

Throughout 2020 we are running a new 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 to sell at a local craft market.


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 from January until November 2020

There are spaces for 10 young people aged 16-25 in the morning sessions.

There are spaces for 10 adults aged 26+ in the afternoon sessions.

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
  • glass crafts
  • feltwork
  • needlepoint tapestry

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 for sale at a local craft event at the end of the project, possibly at a local Christmas craft market. They will make these products at sessions over six months.


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 1PE.

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


16-25 year old group

  • 10.30am start
  • 12.30pm finish

Over 26 year old group

  • 1.30pm start
  • 3.30pm finish


All Mondays

27 Jan
24 Feb
30 Mar
27 April
18 May
29 June
27 July
24 Aug
28 Sept
26 Oct
30 Nov

Craft fair date to be confirmed.


How can I register my interest in getting involved?

Please follow this link which will take you to our events page where you can book.

Linking to Registering Interest

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.