Artizan International enables, empowers and supports people with disabilities to meet their full potential, through therapeutic craft activities and social enterprise, in the UK and the developing world.
Based in Yorkshire, they run free weekly craft workshops for differently-able adults in the community, and also run workshops for long-term hospital inpatients. This provides vital opportunities for people with disabilities to get out of their care homes or hospital beds, increase their social interaction, make new friends and learn new skills in a caring, supportive and creative environment.
Artizan International sell many of the items made at craft fairs and events, giving participants the opportunity to meet the public, demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities, and also to raise funds to help support projects for people with disabilities in the developing world, where there is little or no government support.
The overseas projects are modelled on Neema Crafts in Tanzania. This was started by Artizan International's founder, Susie Hart, and has developed into a self-sustaining social enterprise run by local people which transforms the lives of people with disabilities living in poverty, through handicrafts training and employment opportunities.