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Craft and Computer Centre | Age UK CoventryThere are so many things you can get involved in at the Gilbert Richards Centre for the over 50s in Earlsdon.

Please click the below link to see the range of classes we provide at the centre

Gilbert Richards Centre classes

For more details on our classes, please click the below link to download our leaflet.

Download the leaflet

We need volunteers to help lead groups

To find out more please click here.

At the centre you can
  • take up a new hobby.
  • share your skills with others in a craft group, like quilting, beading or knitting
  • learn woodwork
  • join an art class
  • start to use a computer and surf the internet
  • enjoy stimulating conversation
  • meet new people
  • hire a wheelchair
  • make new friends

We work to suit you by having groups led by voulnteers as well as groups led by private tutors.

Volunteer-led groups

You can join a group that is informal and has the chance to meet people interested in the same things as you.

These small groups are ‘self-help’and you can learn a craft or how to use a computer, with a chat and a cup of tea and the support of a skilled volunteer.

Private tutor-led sessions

You might prefer to learn a new skill or renew an existing skill in a more formal, structured setting. If this is the case, these tutor led sessions in ceramics, sculpturing, painting in oils or water colours or art might be the class for you.

These activities range in timings and have different prices so it's best to contact the centre below to find out the individual costs.

Fully equipped woodwork room

We welcome everyone from complete beginners, who can receive tuition from our friendly instructor, to skilled; people who would like to take advantage of our well-maintained tools and machines.

Everyone can produce beautiful, hand-made items to take home or sell to raise funds for the centre.

The centre provides

  • a modest annual membership fee
  • weekly session fee
  • contribution towards refreshments and materials.

Wheelchair hire

Collapsible wheelchairs for hire on a short term basis (approximately six weeks). The cost is £10 for the first week and £5 for subsequent weeks or £5 for a day or a weekend. £30 cash deposit to be paid on collection. Maximum user weight is 15 stone/95kg.

How can I help?

You might have a skill to share so please come and help support or lead a group. We often need help in the office or at fundraising events like our summer fayres. You could make or donate items to help raise funds. For more information about the centre or to join a class, contact us using the details below.

Visit the centre

All classes are held at:

Gilbert Richards Centre

Comments from a craft and computer centre users

“A great place to learn new skills, share existing skills and make new friends.”

“ Great value for your money.”

“ So much fun and you make new friends.”


For more information, phone: 024 7667 2911.