Gathering people to help those less fortunate by utilising their skills is a great way to get to know your local community.
Being creative and making items for a cause is good for people in all sorts of ways. It brings a sense of purpose and self-worth as well as being fun and therapeutic. It is even better to be able to share skills and ideas with other people.
People enjoy setting time aside to knit, sew etc. and to meet up for a chat over a cup of tea and biscuit. These groups easily expand, welcoming new members of any age and skill level to learn as well as join in. Remember to involve the elderly, the disabled and those who may be isolate.
Many deserving causes need knitted items, from blanket squares to baby clothes as well as toys, hats and jumpers. You can support several charities, from a local Special Care Baby unit to orphaned children in South Africa.
To get started you can suggest gathering to make items for charity. The links below provide you with uncomplicated patterns and instructions. So all you needed is a warm venue, tea making facilities and to invite a few people along.
Knitted Trauma Teddies are easy to make and good to use up ball ends. There are a variety of charities who welcome these teddies, to choose type ‘Trauma Teddies’ into your website search engine.
Gloucester City Mission always welcome hats and scarves for homeless people. Please use your own patterns.
Knit for Life provide a link between those who want to knit for charity and the charities that need the knitting and more.
A great idea for sewing projects is to make bags for syringe drivers. These are the small portable battery powered machines used in pain management for palliative care, particularly cancer care. Click here for patterns and instructions in the ‘downloads’ tab. Remember the bags need to be washable and to make some which men will be happy to use. Our local contact point and where to send them is:
Cancer Information and Support Centre, Oncology Outpatient Department, Cheltenham, General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN