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Hands On Heart Project

Hands on HeArt is a Great Yarmouth based peer-run arts and crafts group, run by and for people with lived experience of mental illness, addictions (inc. drugs, alcohol and gambling), substance misuse issues and ‘dual diagnosis’ needs.

Group members benefit from a huge and varied range of arts and crafts materials to enjoy at their own pace in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. There is access to sewing machines, pyrography (wood-burning) kit, knitting & crochet, spinning wheel, weaving looms, craft kits, jewellery making supplies, screen-printing and much, much more!

The group runs every Tuesday 10:30am to 3:30pm at Community Roots, Queen Anne’s Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0LE.

For more information, call or text: 07480 624 748 or visit: Site is not up and running but do check in the near future as it is currently under construction.

About Hands on HeArt

Hands on HeArt was founded by Sue Tyler in 2013. Since then, it has developed from a granny trolley full of art supplies into a well-attended and mutually supportive creative community. The group aims to help people through their recovery and to manage their health conditions with creativity and laughter.

The group activities are currently funded by Big Lottery Fund and other generous supporters.

Current projects

In 2015, CRAFT by Hands on HeArt was founded with a start-up grant from UnLtd.

CRAFT by Hands on HeArt is a sister retail project supporting people affected by mental illness and addictions to develop traditional and heirloom handmade crafts, jewellery and homewares.

This project supports individuals to access flexible craft training and employment opportunities. Plus increase employability, develop practical and transferable skills and build self-confidence, whilst benefiting from peer support to aid wellbeing.

Follow more updates on the project, including current stockists, via: and

Future plans

Hands on HeArt is led by a motivated group of people and have future plans to build The Recovery Labyrinth Project, inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing principles and incorporating mosaic art, sculpture and wildlife-attracting plants.

Follow the updates by visiting: and search facebook: ‘The Recovery Labyrinth Project’