Christmas craft shop opens at
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,
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
For further information on iCARE visit
www.icare.ie or contact Angela Tourish on 074 93
62226 or email