This week I have felt that the news has been so full of stories about people making wild promises to win our approval, and worrying statistics that are hard to comprehend that it’s understandable that some people feel overwhelmed and just want to switch off from it all. Sometimes it can feel as though we are unable to have an impact on the world around us, but of course we can all make a huge difference to the lives of many people. All of us are capable of doing many things, and if lots of people help to make a difference then there will be many, many people who can benefit. If you are not sure how you can help (or are already helping) to make a positive difference to someone’s life, read to the end of this newsletter and find out what Tadcrafters, as a team, are doing to make our corner of the world a better place.
Here is a brief summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have made and been up to since the last newsletter:
7/11 Offer of Funding from NYCC Aspire programme for the Go Forth project
10/11 Provided poppies for the War memorial Poppy Appeal
11/11 Directors meeting
12/11 November Drop-in session
13/11 16 twiddlemuffs 5 hats to YHTC,
13/11 6 quilts and 2 blankets to Age UK at York Hospital
14/11 9 snufflemats to the Hearing dogs, Beilby
14/11 37 bags to St Leonard’s Hospice
18/11 Su started the School for Social Entrepreneurs
22/11 33 Christmas stockings to Acomb Food bank and CAP
27/11 34 Christmas stockings to Home-start in York
28/11 33 Christmas Stockings, 13 hats, 1 pair slippers, 1 jumper, 1 cardigan to Leeds Baby Bank
Thank you to everyone who has contributed this month. The amount of donations and people’s generosity continues to be overwhelming. There’s such a lot coming in every month now that we cannot thank everybody although they are all very much appreciated. Special thanks go to
• The family of Frank Poskitt for the donation of a huge amount of excellent woodworking tools. These have been vital in the establishment of the TadGrafters group and we hope that using them for our activities will be a suitable way to remember him and his role in the community.
• Penny M for the car loads of vintage fabric and haberdashery etc that she rescued from a work colleague who was having a clear-out.
• Pauline for the bags of blankets, cardigans, hats, wool, tombola prizes, and other items she’s been working on at home over the last few months.
• Janice for the 11 twiddlemuffs created whilst convalescing
• Craig for all his hard work getting the TadGrafters group up and running
• Everyone who contributed chocolate oranges and/or Christmas-themed covers
We have also received thanks tweeted from a number of organisations this month including the Hearing Dogs Charity, St Leonards Hospice, Home-Start and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal tweeted a lovely picture of some of our bunting.
Thank you so much for your wonderful donations of Christmas stockings for our volunteers to give to the children they support this Christmas. They are delightful, in such lovely colours and designs, and the fabrics are gorgeous.
A hundred stockings in total went to:
• The Leeds Baby Bank support families in and around the Leeds area who are in need of urgent baby essentials. https://leedsbabybank.org/
• York Foodbank in Acomb, who provide emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. https://york.foodbank.org.uk/
• Home-Start, York who play a vital role supporting parents to give their children the best possible start in life in communities across the UK. https://www.home-start.org.uk/
The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday December 10th when we will be continuing with knitting hats, scarves and jumpers for 1-5 year olds in young families in need, and decorating Twiddlemuffs for people living with dementia.
We’ll also be working on hearts and drain-bags for St. James Hospital breast surgery patients, and YorKits feminine hygiene kits.
The next TadGrafters session will be Wednesday December 11th. Lynne has been speaking to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who is going to help us situate the bug hotels and hedgehog lodges. We have already had a few requests for them in the local area. Please keep a look out for possible future projects to make useful items that we can donate to worthy causes. Although we are quite restricted by what we can store and make without a dedicated workshop the TadGrafters group look like it’s going to be a great success so we have confirmed our bookings at the Barn for the next 6 months.
Because of our success, Tadcrafters CIC are now involved in a number of new initiatives in partnership with other organisations.
• You may have seen in Tadcaster Today that we will be involved in an initiative to provide second-hand Tadcaster Grammar School uniform to help reduce the cost for families with children there. Our involvement will be to do some minor repairs and preparing donated uniform for “sale.” In preparation we would appreciate some hangers suitable for shirts, blazers, trousers and skirts. We will also be looking for donations of good quality uniform but in the new-style only https://tgs.starmat.uk/parents/uniform/
• Tadcrafters have been awarded funds by NYCC Stronger Communities Achieve Programme for our Go Forth project to establish new groups around Selby district with a similar model to Tadcrafters, ie using recycled materials to make items that are donated to worthy causes. If anyone knows of any groups in Selby district that would like to have a presentation about what Tadcrafters do, or think they might like support to start a group please ask them to get in touch via email.
• I (Su) have been accepted on to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. This means that we will get some extra support and funding to keep doing what we do and maybe do it even better. One day a month I will be meeting with people who run similar organisations and we will share ideas and knowledge. For example I’d like us to collect broken or unwanted beads and costume jewellery for Adorn CIC who are a social enterprise that aim to challenge social isolation and exclusion in a creative way by teaching people how to make their own jewellery. https://www.facebook.com/adorncic/
Please stick to these projects if you are making at home as other items can be hard to find homes for. Thank you for continuing to donate items of such excellent quality. If you need help, please ask.
• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Templates and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions
• YorKits: Thanks to the team of people who work on these year-round. The templates have changed so please do not cut out any pad pockets for the moment. The workshop dates in York are not out yet but are usually on the second Saturday of the month 9.30-12 at Copmanthorpe Methodist Church. If you are interested in attending please contact Issy Sanderson firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be informed of any related events and changes to the dates etc.
• Baby clothes and jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for ages 1 to 5 to give to young families in need.
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
TadGrafters (wood work)
• Insect hotels, Hedgehog lodges
• Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones. Any offer to help on the stalls would be gratefully received.
• Most sewing and knitting projects involve tasks that can be done by people who cannot sew or knit.
Future events and projects
• Dates for your diary. Please see the calendar at the end of this newsletter for forthcoming events. Use this opportunity to put them in your new 2020 diary.
• Tadcrafters Market: on Saturday 16th May next year we will be holding a market at the Barn, for crafters, £1 entrance fee. If you are interested in having a stall (£5) please email email@example.com for a booking form, but save the items on our wish list for us!
Wish list and how to help
These are the things we currently require help with. NB Fabric or other items that are not suitable for our projects are donated to appropriate groups or sold to raise funds for us. If you have rags/ fabrics that are too tatty for us Oxfam shops will take them as they have their own fabric recycling plant.
• An ironing board (just the one!) and coat hangers for the uniform project
• Broken or unwanted beads and costume jewellery
• Chicken wire for the TadGrafters’ bug hotels
• New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
• “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
• Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise extra money for us when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• If you would like to make a donation you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
• Display our posters, share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
Please bring items to the drop-in or TadGrafters session. For large donations please email to make arrangements.
Have a Look
For more pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk or come down to the Barn (on the corner of St. Joseph’s Street and Leeds Road, Tadcaster) and have a chat with us to see if you would like to help.
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Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt