There are many ways in which you can join in what we do, wherever you live or whenever you have the time:
You can join in our projects by making at home, or with your own group. Patterns and instructions are available on our website or via email and we’d appreciate any other good ones you find. You can bring items to us at a drop-off/pick-up session to distribute (or arrange to donate them yourself if you are using your own fabric etc). Each newsletter contains a list of the current projects. Have a look to see which you would like to do.
Join us at one of the drop-in sessions, or other events, at The Barn, St. Joseph’s Street (opposite John Smith’s Brewery) in Tadcaster, LS24 9HA. These are every Second Tuesday of the month normally from 10am to 4pm but currently 10.30-12.30 for drop-off/pick-up only but we hope to start workshop sessions again soon. Level access is at the back with a carpark off Leeds Road.
Workshop sessions are free and you don’t need to bring anything but a £1 voluntary donation is much appreciated. If you can bring your own sewing machine or knitting needles to use that would be great but not essential. For dates see the calendar of events on the most recent newsletter.
We also have a drop-off/pick up session on the second Saturday of the Month in Sherburn-in-Elmet Library 10am-12pm.
If you prefer to make things out of wood you could join us on a TadGrafters session 4-6pm at The Barn on the Wednesday after the Tadcrafters session (see above) but you need to let us know you are coming as for safety reasons places are limited. In this session you can make things like bird boxes, hedgehog lodges and bug hotels for local wildlife.
We are always happy to support new groups.
We have a small amount of funding to help support another local crafting group to become established to work on projects like ours. If you are in Selby District and you think we can help you or your group please get in touch. We currently have a small gardening group. Please let us know if you have would like support to maintain or develop a community garden. Did you know that Tadcaster was on a Bee-line? If you are interested in forming a Bee Keeping group to look after bees please get in touch. If you are unable to make the Tuesday sessions you may be interested in meeting up on Zoom. If that’s the case, please let us know and we can look into a regular zoom session to connect all our volunteers, wherever you are or whatever your commitments.
We are always on the look out for tombola prizes, donations and items to re-use or recycle.
If you are having a clear-out we might be able to give your unwanted items a new home e.g.
- “Gently worn” bras for Smalls For All
- Spectacles in any condition that will be reused/recycled or used to raise funds for Days for Girls by the Rotary Club.
- Sharp scissors all sizes
- Fabric, especially lightweight and cheerfully patterned, ideally over half a metre
- Any shade of red white and/or blue sheets, duvet covers or similar fabric in reasonable condition
- Knitting needles
- Knitting yarn, especially double knitting
- Thread, ribbons, cord, lace, buttons, press studs and miscellaneous haberdashery
- Sewing or knitting machine, of a reasonable age and condition
Items that we are unable to use may be sold to raise funds for us.
In particular for the YorKits (feminine hygiene kits) project we require:
- Lightweight fabric (cotton or poly/cotton mix) in dark/deep coloured patterns (no insects, animals or people). Good examples in the above picture
- Brushed 100% cotton fabric, patterned as above
- Flannelette sheets (new or used), any colour, in good condition
- Shower curtains, (new or the top/clean half of used ones), any colour
- Thin ribbon/cord, dark coloured for drawstrings on the bags
- Thread, dark coloured
- Small metal press studs
- Pants (new), ladies sizes small to medium in dark colours
- Face cloths (new), dark colours
- Zip lock plastic bags, Heavy duty, 1 gallon size (new). Approx £6 for 38 on Amazon
For our TadGrafters group we are on the look out for:
- off-cuts of wood and pallets
- hand tools e.g. hammers
- screws, nails etc
We are always open to new ideas and contacts for projects either to donate to or receive donations from.
If you have something else that you would like to give away you could join the “Free Stuff in Tadcaster” Facebook group.
If you would like to make a financial donation to help us with our projects you can do so through Local Giving https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
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Thank you. Your help will make a real difference to someone’s life, and maybe your own too.