Craft outreach for St Matthew's Stockport


undefinedSt Matthew's church, Stockport, has revamped its Saturday Café to bring together crafters and computers in aid of the local community. Pam Robinson, Community Development Manager said: "We were approached by the Stockport Artists and Crafters Group to see if we could provide space so that their members could knit, crochet and make cards for charity.

"We took the opportunity to bring this idea together with our existing computer support group, ‘Comfortable with Computers’, and our Saturday Café, to offer this monthly venture."

The first session was a huge success, with the next one planned for 9 April.

The items on offer at the recent Saturday Café included ‘twiddle muffs’. These are hand muffs with bits’n’bobs attached inside to provide a stimulation activity for the hands of patients who have dementia.

Cards and blankets were also made for the organisation Early Essentials (which works with midwives, health workers and charities to give hampers of essential items to local women in need on the arrival of their babies), plus some items for the Woodland Trust.

Vicar the Revd David Brewster said: "We are fast becoming a hub for our community and I am delighted with the connections we are making with local people. We have been well supported with donations of resources such as wool, so that everyone can take part and help others."

Pictured ABOVE – crafters, computing people and various people come together at St Matthew’s Saturday Club:  Liz Robertson (crafter), the Revd Julie Johnson, Barbara Aspinall (crafter), Audrey Youngman, Caroline Bowers (crafter), Derek Atherton (Comfortable with Computers) and Vicki Ross (crafter). BELOW – twiddle muffs for dementia patients