Everton Day Centre win Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016


Service users from Everton Centre have been taking part in the Team Enterprise scheme for the past 2 years. This has allowed them to develop their own business “Crafted Hands" where they make seasonal cards, picture frames and gifts to sell both in the centre, and at craft fairs.

The programme helps provide meaningful opportunities for learning and development in communication, social interaction, literacy and numeracy and boosts self-esteem through team working and a considerable sense of achievement.

On 12th May members from the Crafted Hands company attended a gala dinner in the Grand Hall in Belfast City Hall, attended by 350 young people. John, a founder member from Crafted Hands, was presented with Young Entrepreneur of the year award for Northern Ireland, after their company was announced as winners at a number of local and regional events in the last year.

John said that “I feel a million dollars with this award. We’ve achieved something for Crafted Hands and Everton Day Centre. Only for the help from Connor and Nicola, we wouldn’t be where we are today. When we started we were set a challenge deciding what we wanted to make, I think we are meeting the challenge of what we like to do, and we all do it well. ”

This achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of both service users and staff, working in partnership to continue to look for opportunities to develop and expand the way that day services are provided.

Crafted hands products are on sale from Everton Centre and they will also be attending a Craft Fair at Glenveigh School on 7th and 8th June, with further events at local community facilities over the summer.