Creativity and engaging with the arts can have an enormous positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Farnham Maltings is actively and keenly fulfilling its role within the town to strengthen our communities through a wide range of arts projects, making this a happier and safer place to live, for all people of all ages.
At Farnham Maltings, the Arts & Health programme is always evolving and includes the following:
Meet Me at the Maltings is a group for anyone who wants to make new friends and try out different arts and crafts activities every week. Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm
Singing for the Mind is an hour of singing every Monday designed especially for people living with dementia and their friends and family. This is part of our dementia friendly programme at the Farnham Maltings, including Dementia Friends Workshops and Relaxed Screenings. The Maltings also helped to found the Farnham Dementia Action Alliance. Mondays 1.30pm (refreshments), singing hour 2pm-3pm.
Nimble Fingers Nimble Fingers is a knitting and crochet group held every week. Free of charge, this drop-in group takes place is a fun, relaxed environment. Whether you’re looking for a helping hand to get started or you’re more experienced and looking for fresh ideas or new company this group is suitable for all. Tuesdays, 10.30am-12.30pm.
Writing for Wellness is a six-week interactive workshop designed to get you writing more, or assist you in your first exploration. Run by award-winning local novelist and therapist, Joanna Barnard, sessions explore how creative writing can benefit your mental and emotional wellbeing. Incorporating all forms of writing and suitable for adults of all ages and experiences. Mondays 9 September, 23 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 7pm-9pm
Refreshers: A Festival of Retirement is an annual fair which brings together organisations and charities to present new ideas for places to acquire a new skill, embrace a different hobby or volunteer your time.
KnitWits is a friendly mixed ability group of knitters who meet once a month to relax, knit, crochet and chat in the Riverside Café Bar. Second Wednesday of the Month (excl. August, 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, excl. December) 8pm-10pm
Men in Sheds is a weekly drop-in group open to anyone who enjoys making and repairing in the outdoors and wants to get involved with community projects. Tuesdays, 9.30am-5.30pm at space2grow
My Shout was a project that aimed to mischievously celebrate age by creating four new pieces of art: dance, theatre, sculpture and film all made and presented by people aged 55 and over
Care for Carers was a series of activities for people who are non-professional carers, for example a family member
English Paper Pieced Quilt in October 2017 was part of Farnham Craft Month where Meet Me at the Maltings embarked on a social crafting project to make our own English Paper Pieced Quilt. Over the month we welcomed over 80 participants to our foyer who all met new friends and many brought their own fabric contributions. Following on, many went on to complete their own quilts or cushion cover projects, or enrol in local courses to develop these new skills. For that reason, it even prompted the Maltings to buy a large communal table for the foyer for people to share all year round. The quilt was exhibited in October 2017 at the Farnham Festival of Crafts.
Not sure if it’s quite for you?
We know that coming along to a new group can be a bit daunting or a bit tricky to arrange. So, if you have any questions, or would like to find our more on behalf of a friend of relative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also arrange for you to have a free first session so you can have a taster.
If you have any questions about access please get in touch or check out our access page. Similarly, to arrange supported transport to any of these sessions we recommend contacting Driving Miss Daisy, a companion driving service on 01252 912410.
We are grateful to all our funders and partners, past and present:
Age UK Surrey, Arts Council England, Baring Foundation, Community Foundation for Surrey, Farnham Town Council, Farnham Lions, Johnson Wax Charitable Trust, New Adventures, Oakleaf Enterprise, Right at Home GF, Waitrose Community Matters, Waverley Borough Council along with the ongoing support of the Maltings’ Patrons.