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‘WOOLLIES’ KNITTING CLUB

Move over granny, there’s a new pair of needles in town!

The ‘Woollies’ Club is facilitated in collaboration with a staff and our volunteers from the community who come in to help teach kids knitting and other wool crafts. The art of days-gone-by is making a comeback, with knitting, crocheting, and other seemingly ‘old fashioned’ crafts becoming popular again. There is also extra sneaky learning going on as they unwittingly practise their math skills required in the process. Children work on creating what they can depending on their level, finishing up with squares to contribute towards a larger community project.

These are decided on by the children, who have opted to create blankets for animal charities and a refugee family in the past. The programme offers a unique opportunity to explore concepts of social justice, with representatives from these organisations coming and receiving the project at the end, and discussing their work with the kids.

The mantra that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ rings true in the Woollies programme. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and walk of life come together to share time with the kids and guide them in learning how to work the needles. The friendships, stories and sense of belonging formed in this programme alone are a real success story.

This winter programme is immensely popular but places are limited – be sure to register today!