Caban Crefft

Caban Crefft (The Craft Cabin) is a two-year Arts and Wellbeing initiative funded by the Health Lottery offering weekly creative sessions for groups of young people in Abergavenny aged 16 – 25.


Workshops with professional artists enable young people to make friends, build confidence, and improve their resilience and at the same time learn valuable skills that could be used in other situations. Caban Crefft is run with an ethos of ‘co-production’, where young people are encouraged to see themselves as co-creators, contributing creatively to activity orientation alongside leading artists.

“It’s nice to work with professional artists, it makes me feel confident and like I can do that too if I keep trying”


Two groups have been created in Abergavenny – one in King Henry VIII High School for selected pupils, and the other at Abergavenny Community Centre. Both groups meet weekly on a Wednesday for craft sessions, and there are plenty of other opportunities for young people to get involved across our programme in other projects, volunteering etc. We are working with over 20 young people across the two groups.

Smiling school pupil

King Henry VIII High School


Sep-Oct. Following interest from the group in Japanese culture, the participants embarked on 6 weeks of Origami with Japanese artist Mayumi Takahagi. The group started with the basics making cubes and cranes, and by Halloween were making sculptures as complex as skulls and 8-pointed stars.

Nov-Dec. The participants had requested to learn more about prosthetics and props used in the TV and Film industries. Our Caban Crefft Project Co-Ordinator trained in Scenic Art at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the group spent 4 sessions working on prosthetic wounds and cuts with liquid latex and wax.

Dec. In the run up to Christmas, Peak were invited to take part in the annual Crickhowell Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Our Project Co-Ordinator worked hard with the group to use their new found origami skills to create paper crane fairy lights, and many star decorations for their entry. They were runners up in the competition.

Jan-Feb. Before Christmas the Young People at King Henry VIII School had expressed an interest in puppetry. The group have been making paper puppets and shadow puppets, and working on wire framed puppets, as used in stop motion animation film.

Mar-Apr. After half-term participants are taking part in a 6-week Creative Writing project with writer Uschi Turoczy. The participants will respond to a variety of themes to create expressive and imaginative writing and poetry.

Health Control is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in South East Wales.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission.

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.