Rochford retirement residents will soon be spinning a yarn for charity to support local people living with dementia.
Cosy knit wear
Kind-hearted residents from Rochford Housing’s retirement schemes around the district will be getting involved in new project ‘Knit to Nurture,’ knitting specialist cosy hand muffs to be donated to charity, following a funding award from Rochford Housing’s Maureen’s Gift Fund to Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).
Residents will use the sessions, with RRAVS providing volunteers for the starter session, to knit the hand muffs – known as ‘twiddlemuffs’, thanks to them including a range of materials such as ribbons and large buttons designed to occupy restless hands – which can be therapeutic for those living with dementia.
Chris Silvey, Rochford Housing’s resident involvement officer, said: “This is a great opportunity to donate items to support local people living with dementia, and I’m sure our residents will really enjoy making and donating the hand muffs.
“RRAVS do some fantastic work in the area and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support them through Maureen’s Gift.”
Lisa Swallow from RRAVS added: “We are thrilled to be able to extend the RRAVS Knit to Nurture sessions to residents at Rochford Housing schemes as that is exactly what the network is for. We welcome everybody to knit for charitable causes; whether it’s from our local group or from the comfort of their own home or even while on holiday!
“Knit to Nurture is a fantastic opportunity to see communities come together to do something they enjoy with the added bonus of helping charities and it’s great that local retirement residents are getting involved now too.”
Maureen’s Gift funding supports charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of donations to help deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion and former chairperson of the Rochford Housing Association board, Maureen Vince.
To apply or find out more, contact the Rochford Housing office, quoting Maureen’s Gift on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.