Epic AwardsThe Epic Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland each year. The 2019 Epic Awards are open for applications from 1 April until 31 May 2019. Shortlisted entries will be put forward for the highly coveted People's Choice Award while winners and runners-up from each of the four main categories (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) will be invited to the winners reception in Edinburgh on 3 October 2019. 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. This year's ceremony will be held in the beautiful Central Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday 3 October 2019. Follow Voluntary Arts on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with news about this year's Epic Awards. See all the 2018 winners and runners-up here. 2017 People's Choice Award winners Roscommon Solstice Choir celebrating their win on BBC One's Breakfast show About Shortlist People's Choice Award Ceremony 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!