BiG-KnitGloucester’s BiG Knit aims to stop older people feeling isolated or lonely

A new free and friendly project in Gloucester is bringing people together by knitting, crocheting or sewing to help stop them feeling isolated or lonely. Whilst the sessions are aimed at older people, everyone is encouraged to take part.

Each week creations, in the form of 6×6 inch squares, will be collected and something ‘BiG’ will be put together in early 2015 to show off to the whole city.

The sessions will run every Friday from November 2014 to February 2015, at Gloucester Guildhall, between 12-2pm.

The ‘BiG’ in BiG Knit stands for ‘Believe in Gloucester’, a campaign which celebrates all that is great about Gloucester, its people and places, its past and its present. For more information visit http://believeingloucester.com/ where knitting patterns and designs can also be found.

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council said, “This is an exciting new project for the city and it’s free to take part. The weekly sessions are aimed at older people who would otherwise be home alone in the daytime. Everyone’s individual squares work will be put together to create a large display piece for the city.”

Gloucester’s BiG Knit will also be supporting the Innocent Big Knit, which helps to raise money for Age UK by knitting hats for their smoothie bottles and donating money from each bottle sold.

There are two collections bins at Gloucester Guildhall in Eastgate Street; one for donations of yarn and knitting supplies, and another for participants to drop of their completed creations.

For more information contact Emily Jones or Isobel Edwards on 01452 396396.

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