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How to make a Worry doll!

What is a worry doll?

Worry dolls (also named trouble dolls; Spanish Muñeca quitapena) are small, mostly hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala and are also found in Mexico.

In the dolls’ original Guatemalan tradition, a local legend about the origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.

Today, worry dolls are sold in huge quantity in Guatemala and Mexico. Nuns and poor children sell them to tourists as souvenirs. The dolls are quite popular since they are so small and … Read More »

Volunteer of the Month: Noah

Noah started volunteering in the Marketing group and then became part of the Events group. He is always going the extra mile, helping to hang exhibitions and volunteer at events, and even tidying the store room! Thank you, Noah!

What made you decide to start volunteering here? I decided to start volunteering at CoolTan because I appreciated the mission of the organisation after doing some online research. I also wanted to have some experience working with a nonprofit group to see if I enjoyed it, and I certainly do!


What is an average day like volunteering at CoolTan? An average day at … Read More »

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CoolTan Arts run The Big (and Little) Half!

On 4 March 2018, CoolTan’s volunteers Jonathan, Daniel and staff member Alison will be taking on The Big Half and The Little Half, London’s new half marathon.

The event’s organisers aim to celebrate London’s diverse demographics by inspiring entries from participants of all backgrounds and are working with many community groups in several London boroughs to foster participation and engagement.

Jonathan, whose family members have been affected by mental illness, enjoys volunteering with CoolTan Arts and participated in our walks volunteer group last year. He runs five times a week and says “it helps boost my mood [and] clears my mind”. Jonathan adds “it definitely helps with anxiety … Read More »