Creative Café is an opportunity for older people to meet for creative activity over a cup of tea. Our wide range of activities includes iPads, Art & Craft, Photography, Movement, Creative Writing and much more.

Refreshments are provided. Everyone welcome. A voluntary donation is appreciated.


Creative Café schedule October – December 2019


Monday 30th September

High Tea – with Evie

Monday 7th October


Crochet – with Gill

Monday 14th October

Flower Power – with Di

Monday 21st October

Retro games – with our volunteers

Monday 28th October

Pastel canvases – with Evie

Monday 4th November

Movement – with Hanna

Monday 11th November

Beetledrive – with Evie

Monday 18th November

Gift Boxes – with Jean

Monday 25th November

Curling – with our volunteers

Monday 2nd December

Christmas Card Craft – with Emma

Monday 9th December

Christmas Lunch – book a place with Evie!

Monday 16th December

Christmas Carols and End of Year Café – with Hanna and Evie



Creative Café is a regular group for older people providing a different and exciting creative activity along with an opportunity to socialise, and learn something new every week.

The aim of Creative Café is to improve health and wellbeing by facilitating access to highly creative activities including iPads, digital photography, music, visual art and craft. It provides a supportive and welcoming environment for older people, who can come together every week, make new friends and express themselves through creative activity.

Participants at Creative Café will be encouraged to take ownership of the project by shaping up and planning the timetable of activities, and supporting new members to become established within the group. Participants will also have the opportunity to become volunteers on the project, supporting other participants and ensuring sessions run smoothly.

A complete evaluation of the Creative Café will be undertaken. The project aims to address social isolation and the resulting health outcomes that can arise from loneliness. In addition to a project evaluation report, a short evaluation film will be produced at the end of the project.

Sessions are delivered weekly in Newport and run for two hours (see current schedule above, and top right of page for times and venue).

Thank you!

Independent Arts' Creative Café was launched in February 2015 and so far has been sponsored by:

  • Spectrum Housing
  • Care UK Wellbeing Foundation
  • The Charles Hayward Foundation
  • Isle of Wight Foundation
  • Morrisons Foundation

We thank them for their support.

Creative Café arts and crafts session

Thank you Asda!

A huge thanks to Asda who have donated these fabulous sewing machines to our Creative Café group in June 2019. These will enable us to run some more advanced textiles sessions.

Carnival winners!

Huge congratulations to our Creative Café participants, as their incredible dinosaur banner was awarded first place in its class at Sandown Carnival! Well done all! (July 2019)

IA Banner Sandown Carnival 1st place

"I came along to have a purpose and for company."

Creative Café participant


Dates and location

Creative Café runs every Monday from 10am–12 noon at the Methodist Church Hall, Quay St, Newport, PO30 5BA.


Creative Café blog

Find out what we've been up to by reading our Creative Café blog.


The current schedule is on the left of this page.


For more information please

contact us

Creative Café arts and crafts

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Creative Café creative writing session

Creative Café yoga session

Creative Café Get Going With iPads session

Creative Café reminiscence session


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