Epic AwardsThe Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of voluntary arts groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year. The shortlist for #EpicAwards2018 has now been revealed! Find ot more about all of the projects on the shortlist and remember to cast your vote in the People's Choice Award. The Epic Awards are an annual chance for your creative group or project to be recognised for the incredible work you've done over the past year. Representatives of each of the winning projects (and national runners-up) will be invited to join us in Dublin in May to celebrate the #EpicAwards2018! This year's ceremony will take place in Richmond Barracks in Dublin on Thursday 3 May 2018. Our 2017 winners' reception took place in March at the incredible Sage Gateshead as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival. See who the winners were at last year's event. Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news about this year's Epic Awards. People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show About Shortlist People's Choice Back to Home Coffee n’ Laughs < Back to Shortlist A weekly friendship group in a multicultural and diverse area of Newport, Coffee n' Laughs supports participants experiencing isolation and depression with positive creative activities including textiles, embroidery, and hand-bound books. The age range is wide ranging, from 16 to 76 and is run by volunteers. The cultural heritage of participants are Bangladeshi, Pakistani, White Welsh, African, Somalian, Iranian, Eastern European and Chinese. Coffee n’ Laughs is a lifeline for members who have suffered difficult lives, and it tackles isolation problems and depression by participating weekly and engaging in creative activities. Following a six-month project called 'Maindee Stories' in collaboration with local designers, the project created a 3-panel interactive textile artwork which celebrated friendship and diversity, with women sharing textile skills from India and Pakistan. Participants have developed from a position of not having picked up needle and thread since they were in high school, to producing outstanding work. Participants have developed their own designs and use of colour. The group is now using electro-conductive thread to make interactive portraits so that their stories are released by touch. People's Choice Award Vote for this group!