Artisans Collective formed during 2012 by a group of local crafts people and artists. Who were organising and participating in weekly Artisan markets on Prestatyn High Street.
The Aim was to help promote awareness of local shopping during the recent opening of a new shopping park in town.
During 2014 the town’s library moved to new premises on Kings Avenue. Leaving the old building dis-used.
The collective saw the opportunity to develop the idea further and formalized their structure by becoming a social enterprise.
They then entered 18 months of negotiations with the county council. After that, obtaining a licence to convert the old library for use as an artisans centre.
The original concept was to use the centre as an outlet for local artisan products with each participant paying a weekly rent.
However the collective quickly found out that due to demand there was a need for health and wellbeing activities. Particularly to enable citizens to age well in our locality. Although our longest running group is the junior artisans on a Saturday morning.
Since opening in November 2014 the centre has evolved into a community hub, due to local demand for the activities we now hold.
Weekly Events in Prestatyn
- Prestatyn Men’s Shed at The John Morris Centre Monday Afternoons.
- Coffee Pod bereavement group Wednesday morning.
- The Morfa Gateway Project onsite every Thursday from 10am.
- Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community Drop In sessions Friday Afternoons.
- The Morfa Gateway Project every Thursday from 10am.
- Aimee’s Art Group each Friday Morning.
- Jayne’s Children’s art and craft workshops Saturday mornings.
We take part in many local and national initiatives to help benefit our community and improve our locality including:
- Voluntary Arts week.
- Wales and Britain in Bloom.
- Grow Wild.
- Treasure Chest Breast Cancer Support Group.
- Ehlers-Danlos Support UK.
- Healthy High streets.
- The Great British High Street awards.
- Prestatyn Town Council Events including facilitating the Christmas grotto and lights turn on and DCC reopening of the Nova event.
- The “Romans Return” heritage event at Prestatyn Town Football Club.
- Prestatyn flower show.
- Prestatyn classic car show.
- Denbighshire County Council, Ty Nant Development Consultations.
- St David’s Day drop in art and craft sessions supported by Principality Building Society.
- Working with Coleg Llandrillo facilitating “Traineeships” sessions.
- Providing the artwork for Prestatyn mayor’s 2016 calendar and Christmas cards.
Working with other organisations
We chair and facilitate the Dementia Friendly initiative in our town. Also travelling across the country for the Alzheimer’s Society talking about it to help other locations to take up the initiative.
Kew Gardens through the Grow Wild outreach programme work with us as One of their North Wales Community projects via The Morfa Gateway project.
Healthy Prestatyn Iach are located next door to the Old Library and we work with them on diverse subjects such as social prescribing and health and wellbeing referrals, junior doctor education, flu vaccine sessions and various health and wellbeing events.
Flexible room hire is available for a variety of community uses during the week.
During 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and into 2019. We only had a short-term license arrangement with Denbighshire County Council for the Old Library in Prestatyn. In November 2016 we were informed it would be going on the open market.
During September 2017 we were told that the For Sale signs were going to be put up outside the building. They remained there for 12 months.
Denbighshire County Council are currently carrying out a feasibility study to assess the possibility of constructing a community hub with housing above on the site.
We are therefore looking for funding opportunities to enable long term stability, for the collective. Also to increase our community involvement and provide more “health and wellbeing” activities.
Collective Working and partnerships.
We work very closely with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on a range of social prescribing activities. That link into all of our community groups and projects.
Our team members sit on the Ageing well in Denbighshire team and the Local Implementation Team (Mental Health) of the Public Services Board.
We have been promoted as best practice by The Wales Audit Office, Denbighshire County Council, The Older people’s Commissioner (Ageing Well in Wales).
Prestatyn Dementia Community that we chair and facilitate. Was one of the first in North Wales and certainly Denbighshire.
All of our work is currently carried out totally voluntarily. For the past Four years we have operated on a Two month rolling licence with the County Council. This therefore has prevented us from applying for funding for building related activities.
We featured in Public Health Wales (BCUHB) 2018 annual report.
We are so pleased to be included in the annual report ” Flourishing in North Wales” of Teresa Owen. The Executive Director of Public Health for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).
Collective in the future.
Now that we have reached the redevelopment stage we need to find alternative spaces in which to hold our community activities. Whilst the redevelopment takes place.
We are in the process of restructuring to enable us to create a sustainable model to then to take up operation of the new community hub. Meanwhile we need to find a way of continuing our work in various locations. Also we are forward planning for long term sustainability of the organisation.
We hope to learn from, and help further develop community hubs and activities that will suit the demographics of the locality. Community hubs that will provide services and help citizens utilising voluntary actions and citizen engagement.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Also the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, are at the core of our activities.
Good Practice Wales Case Study via Ageing Well in Wales
Just some of our Awards
- 2014 Prestatyn Town Council Community Awards Community Group Winners.
- 2015 Prestatyn Town Council Community Awards Community Group Winners.
- 2015 RHS It’s your Neighbourhood Award Level 3 – The Old Library.
- 2016 High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Group award.
- 2017 Prestatyn Town Council Community Awards Community Group Winners.
- 2018 RHS It’s your Neighbourhood Award Level 3 -Morfa Gateway Project.