During a week of Yarnbombing, University of Leicester students will also be volunteering with L4A in local care homes. They will work together with residents on Christmas craft activity which continues the ‘woolly’ theme – using wool in various ways and recycling cardboard wool spools into Christmas decorations.
An online dictionary defines YarnBombing as follows: “Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”
We are pleased to be recycling and reusing the wool from the YarnBomb in this way – to create practical, fun crafts with older people, many of whom have dementia. But also we are delighted to be up cycling industrial waste from local knitwear firm, Jack Masters. JackMasters have provided the cones that we will wrap the reclaimed wool from the yarn bomb around in order to create an array of festive trees. As well as brightening up local care homes this Christmas, it will also be a great activity for older people and younger volunteers to undertake in together.
Fiona Smith said “It is great to work with the University of Leicester to bring some student volunteers to four local care homes we work in. The creative activity sessions give opportunities for young and old to share skills, ideas and experiences – something which is of enormous benefit to both parties”.
The University of Leicester Yarnbomb this week links perfectly with one of local charity Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A)’s current projects; ‘Tactile Textiles‘. Designed to be intergenerational, Tactile Textiles joins groups of younger volunteers with older people in residential care settings for sessions of creative textile based activities.
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