As the ‘Crochet & Knit for Charities’ group is about to embark on setting up their own charity, I felt it was the perfect time to reflect on how far the group had come.
The idea for a Crochet Club came about when Nadia was referred to me by her STEP Engagement Worker. Previously, she’d been running a Crochet Club at St Patrick’s Primary for the children. She believed that the children would like the club to continue over the summer.
Nadia talking part in the Knit & Crochet for Charities group.
In July 2017, we launched a club for children on Tuesdays, adults on Wednesday evenings and mixed ages on Thursdays. However, the club for children wasn’t popular but we found there was demand for adult classes on a Wednesday evening.
The adults who attend the class on a Wednesday evening have varying levels of experience. For novices, they want to learn how to crochet and knit from more experienced members. They enjoy the sense of achievement when the create an ‘end product’. Keen crochetiers create flowers and granny squares by the end of their first session. Even if you are a complete novice who gets frustrated with their inability to achieve anything, you’ll get the support you need.
Attending the club every week has other benefits. Crochet and knitting are relaxing hobbies. You can do them anywhere, simply get your needles/hooks and wool out and relieve any stress you have. It’s also a great opportunity to get out of the house and meet other people.
The participants also find it fulfilling to benefit others. The group will make hats, booties, bears and octopuses for premature babies. They’re chuffed with what they have achieved so far and look forward to providing babies at Crosshouse Hospital with hats, butterflies and octopuses. They will also create bonding squares, to be exchanged between mothers and babies. These can either be crocheted or knitted with a heart design in the middle.
The also want to help other groups. For example, beanies for people who have lost their hair during chemotherapy or fidget blankets for dementia sufferers (featuring ruffling crisps packets, zips and buttons for them to calm themselves with).
The group also do seasonal projects such as angels, snowflakes and trees at Christmastime.
Each of the members share a passion for what they do. The club has a friendly atmosphere, with currently around 10 participants in total. Other crafters are welcome to come along at the new time of 6pm-8pm each Wednesday evening.
The group require funding for Crochet & Knit for Charities to continue. This would allow them to subsidise the room hire to make it more affordable to attend. They also want more materials so they can continue to help charities.
Linda will be taking on the role of Chair, with Janice as the Treasurer and Nadia as the Secretary. Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the group on their Facebook page.
I am delighted with the outcome for the group and wish them all the best for the future. If you’ve been inspired by the crochetiers and are interested in setting up a group to run in The Boswell Centre, please get in touch.