By offering subsidised places on our workshops we aim to remove cost as a barrier to participation, enabling access for all to creative learning opportunities. We hope to encourage engagement locally and welcome participation from those who otherwise might not be able to participate. Subsidies are supported by ongoing fundraising activity including grants from private trusts and public funding bodies, and from community giving through our ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme.
Our sustainable crafting fund supported by Creative Scotland will soon be drawing to a close, but we were delighted to be able to distribute over £2000 in subsidies throughout the project to help people participate that would have otherwise been unable to do so.
“That kind of opportunity had felt too far out of my league for years. When I got an email with an offer of a place I was thrilled. The day was a success for me at every level. No distinction was made between my place and the paid-for places which made me feel comfortable, valued and welcome. The isolation of covid slipped away and I spent a happy day in the company of like-minded people. The quality of the workshop was excellent and I came away with new skills which I have taken on it to my own hobby. My career had involved giving of myself to others and that giving is central to my identity. I use my sewing skills to make items for charities and to lead workshops as a volunteer. The gift of the free place will not just be beneficial to me, it will ripple out.”
We are currently applying for funding to reinstate our full subsidy programme which aims to tackle cost as a barrier to participation. In the meantime we are able to offer limited financial support on a small number of spaces on some of our upcoming courses, funded by generous donations from our Pay It Forward scheme.
Who can apply for a subsidy?
Subsidised places are intended for those who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend a course for whatever reason, for example:
- people in receipt of universal credit
- young people (over 16)
- people in low income jobs, or between jobs
- professional or non professional artists looking to upskill
- this list is not exhaustive, please do get in touch to discuss your eligibility
Subsidies are normally offered at a percentage of the course cost, the remaining balance must be paid upon booking to secure your place on the course. In some circumstances we might be able to reduce the cost further, please email us if you require a bigger cost reduction in order to come to a workshop. There are no restrictions on geographic location, you are welcome to apply from outside of our locality.
How To Apply:
Please email us with answers to the questions below explaining why you qualify for a reduced cost workshop. A brief explanation is fine, we don’t need any personal details and any information you provide will be held in strictest confidence.
- Which of our courses would you like to attend? You can find a full list of available workshops on our website.
- How would a subsidised place on a craft workshop remove financial barriers excluding you from a creative education or experience?
- How would this opportunity advance your creative practise, or bring other benefits to your development or wellbeing?
Successful applicants will be sent a discount code that can be used to book your course online and should be applied on the checkout page.
The following courses are available under the current subsidy scheme:
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
– Where there are more applications for subsidised places than spaces available the information you provide will be used to asses which candidates will benefit most from the placement
– CSSC will not discriminate on the grounds of race, age, gender, ability, or any other protected characteristic. All candidates shall be treated equally and assessed on the merits of their responses
– All tuition and materials required to complete the course are included, but some tutors may offer additional tools and materials for sale, these are not included
– Non-attendance at the allocated workshop forfeits the subsidised place, no alternative will be offered
– If you are unable to take up the subsidised place as offered please notify us as soon as possible so that we can re-allocate your place to another applicant. If you give us sufficient notice, and spaces are available, it may be possible to transfer your subsidised place to a different workshop
"The course was fantastic! Louise was a great tutor, very clear about everything we needed to know and do. She has an amazing passion for what she does, and I felt that transferred on to us as learners...I certainly felt it."
Spoon Carving with Louise Forbes
"Loved the topic, demonstrations, hands on skill learning, lovely products to take home. The other participants were a pleasure too!"
Eco Printing with Sarah Diver Lang
"What a special weekend that was, I really didn't want it to end! "
Art Doll Making with The Pale Rook
"I had such a great weekend. Beautiful workshop, beautiful space."
Eco Printing with Sarah Diver Lang
"The workshop was a valuable me time. A blend of being able to chat to new people, learn new skills, feast my senses on the vibrant materials. It was delivered in a comfortable light and airy space. I was made to feel very welcome and would love to do another course."
Embroidered Embellishments with Chloe Patience