Christmas card pop up shop launches to combat loneliness in Sheffield

A Sheffield artist has opened a free craft workshop to help combat loneliness in the city.

Josephine Dellow is taking over the Winter Gardens Pop Up Store to run free Christmas card-making sessions this week.

The workshop encourages the public to make a card to send to somebody who may be spending Christmas alone.

“It’s unusual to be able to make a connection with somebody who is on their own over Christmas, so I am happy to have made the idea a reality,” Josephine said.

She is teaming up with The Better Together Project, a community group set up to provide a safe environment for people to make friends.

They have hosted Christmas parties for elderly people for the past three years who would otherwise be spending the festive season alone.

“I come from a big family so I’ve always had lots of people around me at Christmas and it makes me sad to think of people who may be alone,” Josephine said.

“I wanted to create the chance for someone to make a card for a total stranger who might be lonely this Christmas.”

The pop up shop will also showcase the independent illustrator’s range of Sheffield-inspired prints and gifts.

Her work combines her quirky personality and whimsical humour to create pictures that make people smile.

Josephine added: “I’m happy to use this opportunity to create something unique with the Sheffield community and do good for others.

“It has been very touching to see people come specially to make a card or stop as they’re passing.”

The shop is open from 10am to 5.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday 8 December.