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A stitch in time saves classic hobbies

30 October 2015

Dying art forms are being passed on to younger generations as residents of a Leeds retirement living scheme share their skills with people of different backgrounds in the area.

Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Whin Wood Grange, on White Laithe Approach, is playing host to a series of intergenerational arts sessions which will see its residents show others how to crochet, make cards and use a sewing machine.

Young homeless people aged 16 to 24 from Leeds Housing Concern’s Flagship project and adults with learning disabilities from Leeds City Council’s White Laithe Court have been visiting the scheme, where residents taught their guests how to crochet as well as paint together, using both easels and painting by numbers books.

In the future, the scheme will be looking to work with local schools to pass the crafts on to even younger generations.

Over the course of the project, the group will also be working on knitting blankets to pass on to local hospices and the Salvation Army.

Local services manager Tracy Campbell said: “Although many of these activities are really popular among our residents, they don’t currently have the same exposure among younger generations.

“Sharing some of these skills and keeping them alive seemed like the perfect way to bring together our residents and people of different age ranges and backgrounds in the community.”

The project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, which supports projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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