Making Well

Making Well is an eight-week ‘green prescribing’ programme which aims to promote a soulful approach to health and healing for people experiencing distress as a result of illness or adverse life circumstances.

Our courses are based on a combination of traditional craft making, conservation, and contemplation, and offered to groups of no more than twelve participants over the age of 18 years, with a personal experience of mental or physical illness and an interest in developing skills in craft-making and self-care. No previous crafting or conservation experience is required for the programme, as all activities are designed to be fully accessible.

A Soulful Approach to Health & Wellbeing

We bring together local artisans with mental health service users and health and social care services, landowners and the third sector to create opportunities for community-based rehabilitation, working with natural materials through willow weaving, whittling, ceramics and horticulture. These crafting activities are interspersed with and framed by a range of contemplative practices. The programme aims to equip individuals with new skills while fostering healthy social and cognitive development for self-realisation.


Health has many dimensions and requires different kinds of attention. For me, as a physician and medical director in the NHS, it is exciting to see this vital insight at the heart of Fathom's work. It deserves to be at the heart of our common task of creating health, improving, wellbeing and preventing illness.

Professor Phil Kloer Deputy Chief Executive, Hywel Dda University Health Board


The programme takes place at Llanfellte, a beautiful upland farm in the Brecon Beacons near the village of Bwlch in Powys, equidistant from Brecon and Abergavenny. We have recently started to partner with General Practices across South Powys and are planning to establish four Making Well communities, each associated with a GP practice, across the region.

The Results

Results demonstrate that the Making Well programme is effective for supporting the wellbeing of people with long-term mild to moderate mental health conditions. The key outcomes acknowledged by participants were increased feelings of social connection and belonging, improved mental health and higher self-confidence.

Participants also reported improved overall well-being and fewer GP appointments at the end of the programme compared to before, resulting in social value cost-savings to the NHS. When considering the social cost-benefit of the Making Well programme, the forecast social value of the Making Well programme is estimated to be in the range of £5.40 to £7.70 for every £1 invested.

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An Evaluation of Fathom’s value to the local community

A report from the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) based on three focus groups and 19 questionnaires with a group of 46 artisans, community members, clinicians, charity leaders.

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Making Well: A Social Return on Investment Report

This detailed report from Bangor University's Centre for Health Economics and Medicine's Evaluation presents an analysis of the social return of investment in Fathom's Making Well programme

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Making Well: A Good Practice Guide

This Good Practice Guide from Cardiff University identifies five key practices of the Fathom Trust's Making Well programme which it hopes will interest all those involved in green social prescribing.

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The Crafters’ Cafe

The Crafters’ Cafe emerged as an idea from the people who completed the first Making Well course in 2021. They wanted a space where they could continue to enjoy their newfound friendships and to share craft skills with each other.  It has grown into an essential part of Making Well, offering an urban drop-in centre where anybody can arrive and encounter new crafts and new people. For many it is a welcome opportunity to be in a calm and creative community and to learn to be comfortable in each others’ company.

It also offers local artisans a chance to engage with their community and to share their amazing skills in a generous and life-giving way. Each week we offer a different craft, returning every 6 weeks to some of the ongoing projects. The crafts include knitting, french and loom knitting, rag rug making, wool latch hook rug making, willow crafts, clay crafts, hand-sewn quilting, lino cutting and printing, charcoal sketching and back strap loom weaving. We also aim to have guest artists sharing a different craft every few weeks.

We have developed connections with many local agencies who direct people our way,  including, the community mental health team,, MIND, Versus Arthritis, Powys Befriending service, Brecon Volunteer Bureau, PAVO, Community connectors, Credu, Powys Bereavement services, Mental Health Crisis Team and Brecon Job Centre. We are very grateful to Brecon Cathedral for allowing us to use their magnificent medieval tithe barn in this way.

Taking part

If you would like to participate in Making Well please complete the form by clicking below.

Downloadable Resources

Click the buttons below to download flyers for Making Well and the Crafters’ Cafe.

Making Well Flyer Crafters' Cafe Flyer

I am grateful for the fabulous work that Fathom has offered to our clients with serious mental illness. I have referred 8 clients from my caseload and their feedback has been so positive. What they liked was looking at alternatives to managing their mental health. The environment felt safe and they felt valued. Those running it had energy, compassion and understanding. This project has allowed them to grow and develop interests and skills that they didn’t have before.

Annette Endacott CPN (Community psychiatric nurse)

The Fathom Trust is doing valuable work locally to address the disconnect so apparent in people’s lives through loneliness, isolation and poor mental health. In my work it is difficult to fully meet peoples’ complex pastoral needs, so it is wonderful for me to be able to direct them to this excellent project.

Rev’d Anna Bessant Assistant Curate to the Brecon Ministry Area


Jess Tanner

Ecotherapist, Horticulturalist

Heather Dickens

Willow Weaver

Lucy Sheehan

Movement and meditation

Kim Silcock

Previous Making Well participant. Kim encountered Fathom during her recovery from a subarachnoid haemorrhage and now works to support others coming through the Making Well programme

Matthew Gorst

Previous Making Well participant. Now head chef and community coordinator.

Dr Andrew Cuthbert

Previously a geneticist and senior innovation Fellow. Now Programme Coordinator and advisor on social innovation.

Advisory Board

The board brings together a group of local supporters with extensive personal and professional expertise to support the Making Well team and to ensure the safe and effective running of the programme.

Dr Kate Dufton

NHS consultant psychiatrist and trainer in psychotherapy. Currently working with the Climate Psychology Alliance

Tania Dolley

NHS chartered psychologist including trauma counselling lead & ecopsychology. Tania is taking a lead role in developing services to address traumatic stress across Wales

Kim Silcock

Previous Making Well participant. Kim encountered Fathom during her recovery from a subarachnoid haemorrhage and now works to support others coming through the Making Well programme

Dr Sarah Williams

GP, Clinical lead for Green Health Wales, RCGP lead for Climate and Sustainability, co-founder of Greener Practice Wales

Dr Alan Kellas

Consultant Psychiatrist and expert on Green Care/Sustainability

Alan Heeks

social entrepreneur and author