Bringing people together to learn a new skill is something that the team at Craigmillar Community Grows (CCG) love to do.

CCG is a pioneering project, based in one of Scotland’s most deprived communities (according to SIMD). It helps tackle loneliness and social isolation by bringing people together to build confidence, encourage connections, and learn new skills.

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, CCG thought that making homemade candles would be a great way to encourage some festive cheer. Jess Parker, a volunteer, facilitated the workshop.

The preparation started the week before the workshop, with the purchase of soy wax, wicks and glue stickers.

Social-distancing meant that numbers were limited. Wax was measured, melted, and poured. Using essential oils to flavour the wax meant lots of yummy aromas swirling around the room. Colours were chosen, and creativity was on full display as people created their own Christmas inspired decorations using ribbon, wrapping paper and card. The tricky part was adding the wick, but the group soon got the hang of things. 

Jess said: “I’m pleased that folk braved the cold weather to join in the candle making, and thanks to Karin for letting me lead the workshop, I really enjoyed it.”

In the past year, Craigmillar Community Grows supported around 700 people; all through a variety of activities and get-togethers. 

Our workshops and vital support within the Craigmillar community wouldn’t be possible without your donations. Learn about why we fundraise, and how you can get involved: