A decade of knitting and nattering

Knit & Natter group

Story by Val Ellis | Photo by Howard Spencer

As the facilitator of our Primary Mental Health Care Project, based in St Peters Church, I think it’s fantastic we have reached our tenth anniversary, and still have some members who attended the first ever session all those years ago. It is the groups diversity and enthusiasm to create and support each other through companionship that have let us do so.

Some members like to knit for charity and have over the years knitted for lots of worthy causes including Special Baby Care Unit, knitted boobs for trainee midwives, TwiddleMuffs for Dementia patients, blankets and dressing gowns for St Luke’s, also jumpers for the babies of Malawi and more recently Trauma Teddies for patients who need distraction whilst at the doctors/GP. Members also like to knit personal creations for themselves, their family and friends.

The group has an amazing volunteer, Margaret, whose expertise and experience is invaluable. Margaret is always willing to help anyone who maybe struggling with their project (and with patience).

Members are forthright in their support for the group: “It’s the highlight of my week.”

“I look forward to Fridays to catch up with my knitting and natter group.”

“It’s an excellent time to relax, knit and chat – I love it.”

The group gives people time out for themselves and something to work towards – which when completed can give a great sense of achievement.

If you are interested in joining us, or would like to know more, please phone 0114 276 2644.

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