Membership

Lifecraft welcomes membership applications from adults living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have, or have had, lived experience of mental illness or mental health issues.

You need to become a member to access most of our groups and activities.

To become a member, please read and complete our application pack. The pack contains six documents:

  1. Membership Enquiry Letter
  2. Guide for Completing the Lifecraft Membership Form
  3. Membership Application Fom
  4. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  5. Lifecraft Members’ Code of Conduct
  6. Your Information and Your Rights – Lifecraft Membership Leaflet

Alternatively, request a pack in the post by contacting us:

Telephone: 01223 566957 or Email: membership@lifecraft.org.uk

Completed applications should be returned to: Lifecraft, The Bath House, Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LW.

All information provided is confidential and protected by the Data Protection Act (2018).

Please note Lifecraft is not an alcohol or drug service, however, we work closely with drug and alcohol services to ensure that people are supported to become members and that substance/alcohol misuse and/or mental health is not a barrier to services.

It’s normal to have questions before coming along to one of Lifecraft’s Groups or Activities, therefore a group of members came up with a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have any more questions about Lifecraft membership or our Groups and Activities please get in contact with us.

No-one will make you chat if you don’t want to. Art, Craft, Resilience and Mindfulness-type groups are all friendly, but are probably the easiest if you don’t want to talk to other people. There’s also no pressure to chat at Social clubs and Drop-Ins, but they do tend to be a bit noisier.
We will try our hardest to make you feel welcome and introduce you to others as and when you feel comfortable. Some people like to sit around while having a drink and others find it easier to join in with a card game or two (you don’t need to have previously played card games to join in). We are all here for the same reason.
Some people find it helpful to bring a friend or support worker with them when they first come along. Or, let us know that you’re worried beforehand and we can meet you outside, for example. If you find groups easier when you have arrived first, just let us know. If you let the person at the door know that it’s the first time you’ve attended a Lifecraft group, they will give you extra support if you need it.
“I’ve never been a group person and, in fact, I would actively avoid them. However, it’s turned out to be a lifeline for me – I’ve actually made friends who I look forward to seeing every week. I’ve gone from a very solitary and isolated person, to someone who can go to a safe, learn new things in a supportive environment and am the most sociable I’ve been for 20 years or so.” Joanne
No. It’s completely up to you to decide what you want to tell people about yourself.
Our art sessions are usually the quietest of our groups, but people are still free to talk amongst themselves. Resilience group is facilitated and limited to one person speaking at a time, which also means it is fairly quiet and you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to. Even social clubs can be quiet, but there is no guarantee because it depends how many people turn up on the day.
“Lifecraft really is an encouragement to me. It’s my safe haven. Now I have a social life that I can look forward to.” Melody
Yes. Many of us have struggled for a long time and we find it very supportive.
“Lifecraft has really helped me over the years, to rebuild my mental health and confidence. I honestly think that without the support of Lifecraft I wouldn’t still be here. It’s a great place, with great supportive people who look after each other and simply just care.” Melissa
Our membership age profile is varied. You’ll find a few people in their twenties and thirties as well as lots of people in their forties to eighties.
We’re all here because we struggle with our mental health and so, in that sense, no-one is different. We’ll welcome you and help you to fit in.