Supporting a range of charities and worthy causes whilst promoting craft skills

What We Do

December 2017

In conjunction with Tadcaster Library we made and distributed boxes for every day of Advent to help promote local businesses.  We called it TAdvent.

December 2017

We took part in the Methodists’ Christmas tree Festival and held a stall at the Christmas Market


November 2017

We supported the St. James’ Hospital, Leeds breast outpatients’ department by having a stall at their fundraising for spa days event.



November 2017.

1048 “gently worn” bras were sent to Smalls for All which is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. They help those living in orphanages, slums, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, schools and hospitals. http://smallsforall.org/



“Your latest bundle is amazing !!! I have given our social work team a number of small bags now for special little pre bereavement items and the rather luxurious purple silk draw string bags are with her for the next people/youngsters or children who we will meet”

Ann Cairns, Matron, St. Leonard’s Hospice (Nov 2017)

We were joined by Adam Tomlinson from Radio York who broadcast for two hours from our November 2017 drop-in session to help promote their “Knit for North Yorkshire” scarf knitting appeal.


In November 2017 Tadcrafters were voted  Silver in the Inspirational Business Category of the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards.

In November 2017 Tadcrafters won NYCC Volunteer of the Year . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUKY-r-y5Ng

October 2017.  Lynne ran a workshop in Skipton with a  women’s community group


In Autumn 2017 many different groups of people helped us with the poppy display for the Selby Abbey end of WW1 commemorations in 2018 including people at the Community Discovery Day and the 2434 Church Fenton Squadron Air Cadets.

In October 2017 we donated 30 personal effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice. These bags are used to hand back a patient’s belongings to their bereaved relatives.


In October 2017 we celebrated TadApple Day by organising a community event to press lots of apples into apple juice.

In October 2017 we celebrated International Day f the Girl with pupils from across York  (and Brazil!) and Days for Girls as an event in york Minster.

In October 2017 we assisted at a Days for Girls workshop at Manor School.  Pupils later visited Malawi and taught pupils there how to make the kits for themselves.

In September 2017 we supported the amazing Issy Sanderson and York Days for Girls at TSYS “Thread” group, a workplace crafting group in York.

In August 2017 we donated lots of Personal effects bags to York Hospital and St. Leonard’s Hospice

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We have featured in videos about the Tour de Yorkshire and its legacy.


We supported the launch of the York Hospital Dementia Appeal and their twiddlemuff making session.


We are recycling our Tour De Yorkshire bunting as much as possible. About 1000m is being sent to Goa, India to decorate 16 street schools and over 50m has gone to Worcester Snoezelen



The knitted bunting is being remade into twiddlemuffs and fabric from the giant bunting is being cut up to be used in the Days for Girls hygiene kits.



We decorated Tadcaster ready for the Tadcaster start of the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29th April 2017 (using as much recycled and donated fabric as possible) to promote local businesses and support the community.


We co-ordinated other decorations and community events in Tadcaster for the TdY/Tadcaster Cycling Festival in April 2017.


We collect “gently worn” bras that are sent to  developing countries where the wearing of underwear is a symbol of status for women and therefore they are less likely to be victims of abuse. In July 2017 we had collected over 800.


We have donated woolly hats and premature baby clothes that will go to help Syrian refugees in Greece and projects in Gambia.


We supported Days for Girls in York Minster to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2017


We’ve done some schmoozing with some famous people


We got a like from Comedian Susan Calman and a round of applause from the audience at her show


We made lanterns (in conjunction with Faceless Arts) as part of the bridge re-opening celebration parade on 19th February 2017



We have made poppies for the Cenataph in Tadcaster and to sell to support the poppy appeal. We will be supporting the Selby Abbey poppy display for the 2018 commemorations.



We make Twiddlemuffs and blankets which are donated to residential care homes such as Highfields in Barkston Ash, York Hospital and private individuals. Twiddlemuffs are calming for people with dementia.


We make feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls (York) which are sent to places such as Gambia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and some UK inner cities. We use donated fabric, much of which would otherwise be thrown away. (e.g. we made 112 shields and 294 liners for kits that went out to Gambia in November 2016).  Days for Girls in York also seed fund workshops for women in developing countries and support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.


We have supplied knitted clothes to the premature baby unit at the LGI.  (October 2016)


We decorated Tadcaster in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 recycling many donated sheets and duvet covers. (April 2016)


We decorated the approaches to the temporary foot bridge (Sonny’s Bridge) (February 2016)



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