Hi Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,
Hopefully some of you volunteers managed to get a holiday in this year but judging by the amazing amount of donations of items we have had in you’ve had a very busy summer making things to donate to worthy causes. There are lots of exciting news and new projects to tell you all about this month so I hope we have lots of new ideas to provide some interest for you as the evenings become longer.
We’re just about managing to send all your wonderful donations off. Since the last newsletter we have:
- Had a Drop-off/ Pick-up session at the Barn
- Had a TadGrafters session at the Barn
- Given 20 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
- Given 44 drawstring toiletry bags to York Teaching Hospital Charity
- Given 12 Quilts, 10 blankets, 20 baby cardigans, 20 hats and 15 bootees to Martin House Children’s Hospice.
- Supplied lots of face masks to the local community
A big thank you to everyone who made and donated any of the huge amounts of items we received in September. It is still proving difficult to keep track of what everyone has brought but if you would like a mention please put a note in the bag of goodies you donate next time both with your name and the list of items as bags do tend to get mixed up together.
Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity
Instead of blankets we are asking our volunteers to make shawls to wrap around patients’ shoulders to keep them warm. The design can be as simple or complicated as you choose but basically a wide scarf will be absolutely fine.
Scarves and hats sets for Selby foodbank
We will be supplying Selby foodbank (which supports people in Tadcaster) with hat and scarf sets in the run up to Christmas, as well as Christmas stockings for them to fill.
We hope to make lots of Christmas stockings again this year so we are able to supply a number of different organisations that support families who are struggling financially including Spirit of Christmas and the Selby Foodbank. There will be ready-to-sew kits at the October drop-in session but also some templates if you would like to use up your own Christmassy fabric too. Spirit of Christmas is a registered charity dedicated to providing family Christmas events in Yorkshire and beyond. They are completely reliant on the support of the general public to give children what sometimes turns out to be their only Christmas present. https://www.spiritofchristmas.info/
Knitted Baby Clothes and toys
These have proved to be very popular projects, so much so we are currently struggling to find homes straight away for all the donations. Everything will all be used but feel free to have a go at one of the other projects for a while, especially if you are one of our most prolific knitters.
Drawstring bags- Dementia Forward
In addition to the toiletry bags for York and Selby Hospitals, and the bags for the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits, we will now be making bags to go to Dementia Forward. This North Yorkshire charity normally hosts well-being cafés across the county for people learning to live with the early stages of dementia. Because they are unable to do this at the moment, they are planning on sending out activity boxes which will include games etc. The bags that we make are to hold pieces such as dominoes, dice and Jenga and can be in a wide variety of sizes.
All our drawstring bags are being supplied to volunteers cut and ready to sew or ready to have drawstrings added. Please email for the instructions to help you achieve a good quality finish.
If you have made poppies for the British Legion appeal, after the October session, please deliver them directly to the collecting boxes around town, but tell us how many you have made. The November session will be too late for us to collect them in.
Have you been growing any tall sunflowers this year? Rather than throw the seed-heads away when they have finished flowering please could you save them for us for a gardening project we have in mind for next year? We don’t need many.
Tadcaster Community Patchwork
We can’t supply kits for this project because each square will be so individual but if you need materials just ask and full instructions are on the website. The deadline for the community patchwork project won’t be until Christmas so there’s still plenty of time to get round to making yours. Take this opportunity to represent a favourite business or local organisation that has struggled or done exceptional work in 2020, or perhaps remember a loved-one that will not be with us in 2021.
Please help us to reduce the amount of waste created by the use of disposable face masks. The system of dropping off at The Barn and Sherburn Library, and picking up kits of masks to sew throughout the month has worked well and demand is still high so please keep making them. Thank you to everyone who has made some or donated money for the face masks. Because we have been unable to have any tombola stalls over the summer the funding has been very much appreciated but we are happy to supply them free to anyone struggling to afford to comply with the law concerning their use.
The next Tadcrafters session will be on Tuesday 13th October 10.30 to 12.30 indoors at The Barnfor you to drop-off what you have made and pick-up new supplies.
As the weather is much colder now than the summer months we have decided to move the sessions inside. There will be a number of additional safety measures and procedures you will need to be aware of, but you can still drop-in for this session without booking. Please:
- wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser provided before and after your visit.
- sign-in. If you have a smart phone you will be able to sign-in using the QR code; please make sure we make a note of you on the old-fashioned register too.
- keep your visit brief and stay at least 2m apart. We hope to be able to run some workshop sessions where you can stay a little longer soon.
- Handle the supplies as little as possible. Kits will be labelled up with the date they were last handled, please do not open them up.
Information about our policies, procedures and full Covid 19 risk assessment is available by email.
The next TadGrafters session will be on Wednesday 14th October inside The Barn.
Numbers for TadGrafters are limited to 6 at the moment to help maintain social distancing but there may be spaces if anyone is interested. Please email to book your place (regulars please let us know if you are coming or not on the What’s App group or email). We will be continuing to make hedgehog lodges, bird boxes and bug hotels over the next few months from pallets. Please remember to wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser regularly and maintain a 2m distance.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
If you need supplies or want to drop-off items in Sherburn you can now do this at a drop-off/pick up session on the second Saturday of the month 10am-12pm. The first session will be 10th October. Supplies will be limited so if you need anything specific please email email@example.com at least a week before and we’ll see what we can do.
Please ask to be added to the Sherburn emailing list and/or add yourself to the Sherburn Facebook chat group to link up and share information relevant to you.
Potential new groups
We are happy to support the development of new groups. We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who would like some support to set up a new crafting group in Selby District, developing a community garden (Tadcaster), bee keeping (Tadcaster) or a zoom group so anyone can join in wherever they are.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to be able to train 6 of our volunteers to become Mental Health First Aiders. We hope that as an organisation we will be better able to support the local community by recognising when someone might be suffering from poor mental health and signpost them to where they are able to to get the most appropriate support. Many people are experiencing greater anxiety and stress in the current situation. With our help, hopefully we can reduce some of the suffering local people might be experiencing and help them to feel better.
For some time now we have been wanting to be able to properly measure the impact that all our wonderful team makes. Through a new scheme called Studenteers, we have a new volunteer, Katie, who is going to be working with us to do some research to find out what we all do and who it benefits. She has just finished a Masters Degree in Marketing so she is a real find! We are hoping that she will be able to find out what you all think of Tadcrafters and the difference you all make to the patients and clients of the charities and worthy causes we support. I hope she really enjoys working with us.
On a personal note, I am proud to say that due to the work I have carried out with Tadcrafters CIC I have just been accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Their members make things happen, carry out research, have innovative ideas and consist of a diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers, making lasting change. I am very priviledged to able to become one of them, but more importantly I will be able to network with lots of similar-minded people for the benefit of Tadcrafters (and I get to put FRSA after my name!)
Future events and projects
We will be having a tombola stall at the Christmas Market at The Barn on Sun 29th November. Any tombola items, especially crafty ones will be gratefully recieved. Please make a note in your diary to come down and support us.
List of Current projects
We welcome anyone who would like to join us but ask you to please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We are able to supply materials for free at the drop-off/pick-up sessions and instructions are available by email; if you need help, please ask. We need to focus on a few projects at a time so we can support everyone, maintain our standards and supply items that are wanted by worthy causes, in appropriate quantities.
- Christmas stockings to be filled by charities supporting struggling families. Templates and ready cut kits available. Deadline December drop-off sessions.
- Drawstring bags for Dementia Forward and York and Selby Hospitals.Available ready cut .
- Personal effects bags forSt. Leonard’s Hospice.Available ready cut.
- Tote Bags for York Teaching Hospital Charity.
- Tadcaster Community Patchwork. Create your own 15cm/6” square with an image that represents yourself, a loved-one or feature of Tadcaster, (and your name). Deadline Christmas 2020. Instructions also available on the website.
- Face Masks. Please email for written instructions or follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJQexwK8Yg . Available ready cut in the box at the back door of The Barn 24/7 and Sherburn Library during opening hours.
- YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags. Available ready cut.
- Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.
- Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.
- Hat and Scarf sets for Selby Foodbank. Adult and child sizes.
- Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia.
- Premature and neo natal baby clothes for Martin House Hospice and Leeds Baby Bank. These items are not required in huge numbers.
- Cot-sized blankets: final deadline October drop-in session
- If you can’t knit you could help by decorating twiddlemuffs.
- If you can’t sew there are non-sewing tasks such as cutting out, threading drawstrings and ironing that are really useful to the team, please ask.
- Picking-up/dropping-off supplies for people who are unable to make the sessions. Team up with someone who cannot drive or has other commitments on session days.
- Gardening: Ingleby Drive pumping station. Please feel free to pull out some nettles or strim the grass.
- Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones.
- Snufflemats: for donation to animal charities. Please email for instructions
- This is a great time to learn a new skill. To learn how to crochet we recommend Bella Coco on YouTube where you can follow the instructions, stopping and starting at your own pace. e.g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIsh-o9AM0&t=3s
Instructions, tools and materials available at the sessions.
- Bird/bat boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog lodges for local wildlife.
Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on our website.
Wish list and other ways to help
We are now able to accept limited donations of fabric/yarn etc. again, but we still have a shortage of available space, so the closer to our wish list the donation, the better.
- 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 ideally 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/
- Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
- If you would like to make a financial donation/direct debit to help us do what we do you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
- Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no extra cost to you when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
Keep in touch
If you need to get in touch with us, and need a response, please use email. This is to protect your personal details and because conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away due to other commitments. The Tadcrafters Chat Group is a great way to keep in touch with each other and be inspired. You can also follow the Tadcrafters Page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Tadcrafters).
To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There are usually only one or two emails a month.
See you soon, Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt