Rotary supported knitting
A group of ladies from Royal Wootton Bassett have been knitting garments and blankets to send to widows, orphans and victims experiencing crisis or conflict overseas. Rotary have provided the funding for the purchase of some of the wool and the ladies provide the skill to support the charity Smile International.
Wool also comes from donations and can be brand new or an assortment of oddments or unfinished knitted items which are unpicked and made into clothing. The wool is sorted out and shared amongst the knitters and then turned into a completed garment: a scarf, hat, mitts, jumper or blanket.
To keep the knitters knitting, the group has also decided to send baby wear to the Premature Baby unit at the GWH. The ladies also send other items such as jumpers to a project in Zaslowya, Belarus.
One of the knitting ladies said:
“the benefits that our older folk get from these knitting projects are that it keeps fingers subtle particularly if the knitter has arthritis, ladies feel useful and feel that they are helping someone else, it helps the lonely and bereaved, gives purpose and something to focus on.”
The knitting also gives a sense of achievement and self-worth and it is something to do during day especially during winter months when unable to get out or if person is housebound.
Common interest amongst ladies – being part of a group and able to share experiences/wool/craft info/techniques. Extra call or visit to deliver wool or collect finished items gives the older person another visitor/caller and breaks up an otherwise, lonely day for them.
It creates a common interest. Friends often meet together for craft afternoons/evenings. Wool is sent out to those who are unwell so they have something to do at home while convalescing. Ladies are not always mobile so therefore they can sit at home knitting and feel of use to someone.”
This is just another example where Rotary can help others help themselves.