Our Story

The Big Skill is all about sharing and developing creative and practical skills, through traditional and contemporary crafts.

The Big Skill has a transformational impact on communities and individuals in Wales and beyond.

Our team of skilled practitioners provide easily accessible, remote and hands-on (when COVID restrictions allow) Craft and Rural skills activities. Workshops are made available at no cost to participants, which makes them open to all.

Our activities aim to boost well-being and provide positive social interaction, along with environmental understanding. By using locally produced, recycled and natural materials to create traditional crafts.

Now, because of the COVID pandemic, we also offer Craft and Chat sessions over Zoom. Supported by handy Crafts@Home kits, direct to people’s homes.

The Big Skill started with placements and rural skills training on farms and estates in Powys and Monmouthshire for individuals with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

We have been actively helping people with disabilities, alongside connecting the lonely or isolated, for over ten years

The Big Skill has given people a voice by developing accessible hands-on creative crafts and rural skills activities at local centres and online. Along with showcasing the skills and handicrafts of our community at our annual Craft Festival. 

Craft and Chat with Rosie Ramsey

We were excited to be asked by The National Lottery Community Fund in May 2021 to film a Craft and Chat session. With Rosie sitting at home and Bridget crafting in a field in Wales


Many thanks to all the National Lottery players who have helped us provide our free Craft and Chat sessions. Helping our community craft together during the Covid-19 pandemic.


To watch Bridget show Rosie how to transform her old t-shirt into a tote bag - click Rosie's picture!

NLCF-Thanks to the Players
NLCF Rosie Ramsey Crafts a T-Shirt Bag with Bridget
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Find out more about how to arrange a Big Skill Craft workshop or event in your community by emailing Emma our Events Co-ordinator. Or checking our Facebook Events page for online Craft and Chat workshops.

Please Note: Some of the photographs on this site were taken at past workshops and festivals, which accounts for the lack of masks and social distancing. Read our COVID-Safe Event Guide

clay sculpture workshop
Stool Making workshop
Foraging worshop
Children's activities
Felting workhop
Woodworking skills
Recycled Fabric Flowers
Stone Sculpting Workshop
Sewing skills
Clay Oven Workshop
Hurdle Making

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