Important Update February 2017

happening at the old library

An Important change of mission. A statement from Artisans Collective CIC of Prestatyn.

Since we moved into the Old Library Building in Prestatyn in October 2014 things have changed and are evolving. We have learned and responded as we progressed. Ultimately arriving to where we are today 3rd February 2017. We feel it is very important to offer an update at this stage.

The main reason we are constantly changing is that we engage with so many people.  From the citizen in the street to CEO’s of major organisations. We deal with them all with respect at a personal level.


The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force on 6 April 2016. It is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.

The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered- people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.

It also promotes a range of help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support.

  • Services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
  • More information and advice will be available
  • Assessment will be simpler and proportionate
  • Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
  • There will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect.

In our area we have weekly signposting events called Talking points set up by staff in Community Support Services of Denbighshire County Council. Quite a number of people are now being signposted to service providers such as ourselves for the actual activities by the other 3rd sector and/or voluntary services at the talking point sessions.

Spin-off groups that we facilitate

important updateWe have facilitated Prestatyn Mens Shed for 2 years and have helped them to also move into their own workshop facility. Whilst still holding the weekly “social” sessions in the safer environment of the old library for the less mobile or indeed less practical members of which there are now about 60.


Prestatyn Dementia Community

Such a big part of our organisation now and something that has become away of our everyday life. We aim not just raise awareness but to make our organisation fully inclusive for everybody including those living with Dementia locally.


Important message fro PeteWe have had the honour of speaking along with our friends at Healthy Prestatyn Iach for Wales Audit Office good practice team in Cardiff recently. Presenting “Public services working in partnership for better health and wellbeing under the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act”. Quite a mouthful ! We are also regular key note speakers for The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales at events in North Wales and receive lots of great motivating feedback.

We have evolved into an organisation that can react to a recognised social need and “go for it” in a very fast proactive way compared with conventional institutions with various levels of command and control. At a recent meeting the Auditor General Huw Vaughan Thomas told us: “We live our lives and learn by taking risks. We must do the same thing professionally.” That inspires us here.

The good thing is that we can organise most things quickly because of the lack of bureaucracy and red tape within our CIC. Things are risked assessed and analysed as required, but that is part of everyday life here. This enables our partnerships to develop and fast track project idea’s to trial status very quickly.

Regular Activities

It is important to mention that our important regular activities including our original adult and juniors art and craft groups are still running almost to capacity each week. In fact so are Mens shed, Stop Smoking Wales, and the fibromyalgia support group.

During any building/restructuring work that will be carried out. We have pledged to keep these groups active each week.


We are privileged to have worked (and continue to do so) with so many people such as our MP and AM, Ministers, Commissioners, Cabinet office, CEO’s and directors of major national organisations, 3rd sector and charities, County and Prestatyn Town Council’s and some councillors.

The number of organisations we work with is so huge we could not list them all. But a special mention for supporting organisations such as DVSC who Promote, Support, and Develop Volunteers, Voluntary Organisations and the Third Sector in Denbighshire and North Wales.

Also naturally our great friends at Kew Gardens via Grow Wild who have been so supportive, inspirational, and community minded. Of course Healthy Prestatyn Iach who are increasingly becoming an important part of our community hub.

Your Support is so important to us

We will be looking for support from everybody we are involved with on a local and national basis very soon. As we progress and evolve into the next development of our Community Interest Company. Developing our place into what the needs of our community is organically designing.

Our building is being placed on the market. We would love to acquire the building and redesign it to become a community created, community run, community hub, to help the health and wellbeing of all of our community physically located alongside the brand new radical health centre, with lots of social prescribing and demedicalisation opportunities.

Facilitated by a mixture of volunteers and salaried health and wellbeing professionals this will be a unique facility in Wales with a huge amount of community input.

Please contact us for any further information Send us an e-mail here
P.S. any letters of support will be greatly appreciated 🙂

Celebrate Artisans two years in the Old Library Prestatyn

Celebrate with Harry

What a way to celebrate.

Artisans Collective celebrate two years of their residency of the Old Library. 
CelebrateIt was four years ago that Artisans Collective first worked with Prestatyn Town Council on their Spooktacular event. During the town’s Totally-Locally campaign. 

This year we carried out our fourth halloween event in conjunction with Prestatyn Town Council.  However this year funding came in a number of different ways.

George and Steve celebrateWe are fortunate to have a very proactive community policing team in North Wales. Via PACT funding they supported a number of activities at The Old Library in Prestatyn and via the town council across the town centre.

Artisans Collective used a portion of their Celebrate funding from The National Lottery to facilitate other aspects of the day. Which included a ghost walk with local historian Harry Thomas.

celebrate Harry Thomas

The previous day we had the pleasure of showing the judges of the Great British High St awards around the Old Library and discussed town events.  

This event brought lots of footfall and a great community spirit to the town. Hundreds of people took part in the treasure hunt which involved 25 high st businesses.

The North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT)

North Wales Police CelebrateLaunched in 1998 to support community initiatives, particularly those in which the Police are involved, which aim to improve the quality of life by reducing crime and fear of crime in all the communities of North Wales.

PACT encourages applications from community and voluntary groups, in partnership with their Neighbourhood Policing Teams that will have a positive impact in local communities and encourage a safer environment and increased quality of life.

We are committed to supporting local community projects that meet our objectives and help to have a positive impact.

Celebrate Wales National Lottery Funding

Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with our Celebrate programme.

They offered grants of between £250 and £2,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

You could also celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.


Health 4 All in Prestatyn

Health 4 all in Prestatyn

Health 4 All – Get active to promote your own physical and mental well-being!

That’s the message from the team in Healthy Prestatyn/Ruddlan Iach and Vale of Clwyd Mind.

Who are Co-Producing with Artisans Collective CIC to stage a fun Health 4 All event. Being held on Friday, 14 October. In and around Prestatyn’s Old Library on Nant Hall Road.

Whatever your age or circumstance there will be an opportunity to sample and get involved in activities with the ‘feel good’ factor.

Would you like to get involved with a choir, strum a guitar or beat some drums?

You can use some energy in a dancing, cycling, walking group or enjoy armchair aerobics.

Make use of your spare time through volunteering opportunities or growing vegetables at a local allotment.

Make friends and learn skills through Men’s Sheds or find out more about learning opportunities at local libraries or college.

Dementia Friendly Community Prestatyn will also be holding a Dementia Friends awareness session at 3pm.

This and much more will be available for you to test as part of a fun-filled activity day.

health 4 allhealth 4 all guideChris Stockport GP and Clinical Director at Healthy Prestatyn Iach said: ‘Physical and social activity is key to both mental and physical health.

So we hope that this event will encourage local people not only to enjoy the day. But to get involved in enjoyable activity regularly.’

Phil Williams, Director of Vale of Clwyd Mind said: ‘It is well-known that physical activity can have major benefits on mental well being.

This event could be a real boon for local people – especially being held during World Mental Health Week’.

Anyone can come along and join in the fun.

If you want to find out more contact Alexis Conn on 01745 881852 or e-mail:

National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2016

National Lottery Good Causes Awards in Glasgow and London.

During August and September fortunately we were invited by Grow Wild to attend events to celebrate. They were voted by the public to be Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016!

Below is a video of including our Peter representing our community in Prestatyn.

Filming was carried out at the Scottish flagship site at Barrhead near Glasgow.

On September 9th 2016 Pete attended TV studios in London. Representing Artisans Collective as one of Grow Wild’s community groups. Which was a fantastic honour.

The National Lottery Awards show was hosted by John Barrowman. The glittering award show which celebrates the work of the nation’s favourite lottery-funded projects.

Presenting the awards at this star-studded event are Ainsley Harriott, Ralf Little, Anita Rani and Kimberly Wyatt, as well as many more big names.

There was also music from pop sensation Nathan Sykes, plus a big finale with the presentation of the Special Achievement Award.
national lottery awards

It was a fantastic networking event as well as a celebration of all things good about the National Lottery good causes. It is nice to think that at a local level the campaign has involved so many community groups in Prestatyn.

national awards thanks you