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Christmas craft shop opens at iCARE Buncrana 25.11.19

A WONDERFUL new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop has opened at the iCARE centre in Buncrana offering a wide range of unique Christmas gifts made by young adults with autism.
The shop will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11am to 3pm and Fridays from 2pm to 3pm at the iCARE premises on Looking Glass Brae, Ballymacarry, Buncrana.
Unique Christmas gifts on sale at the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop in iCARE, Buncrana.
iCARE Manager Angela Tourish said the new shop is an excellent showcase of top quality products made by the young people themselves with the help of arts facilitators and is a real treasure trove for anyone looking for a special gift for friends and family this Christmas.
“At the beginning of 2019 we started a project for young adults with autism who for various reasons didn’t have an adequate school placement or day service after leaving school,” she said.
“During the course of the year, they’ve all been involved in a number of very different activities including growing plants in our polytunnel which they’ve then potted in some amazing containers that they’ve decorated themselves!
“Our young adults have also been up-cycling furniture such as chairs and other household items like bottles & cans and transforming them into beautiful items great for any home.
“Indeed, it’s been wonderful to see the young adults motivated to carry out the process of making different products from start to finish.
“In the run up to Christmas, they have also been making cards and craft items to sell in our newly opened ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop.
Young adults from iCARE making products for the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop in Buncrana.
“Our young adults have also been counting the money at the end of the day and this experience has really helped them to feel valued members of the community. Indeed, they’ve all learned such a wide range of real-life skills, whether in terms of making arts & crafts or running a shop, and have been delighted to talk to members of the public about their creations!
“Importantly, the money we make from the new shop and from our Christmas Craft Fair at 2pm - 6pm on Sunday December 1st will all go back into helping sustain the project and our centre.
“I’d therefore encourage as many people as possible to ‘shop a little, help a lot’ this Christmas by visiting the new ‘Crafts & Creations’ shop and show their support for the centre and our wonderful young crafters!”
For further information on iCARE visit www.icare.ie or contact Angela Tourish on 074 93 62226 or email centremanager@icare.ie .
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