Monday, 25 January 2021


The project was to help the homeless and vulnerable in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.  In particular the winter shelters set up around the Nottingham area.  I contacted both Arena Church in Ilkeston who support food banks and winter shelters in the area and also Emmanuel House who run a drop-in centre for the homeless providing food and also administering donations in and around the area.  Due to Covid 19 and the lockdown situation in the area most of the homeless are in temporary shelters and hostels, etc.   I contacted them both and asked if they would like the Derby knitting group to help in any way and that we had knitted several woolly hats already if they would be useful to them.   Arena requested some of the hats which they can distribute as required.  Emmanuel House suggested that some bags, gloves, masks and gel would be useful for many of the residents due to the current circumstances.

 After discussion with the area knitting coordinator Rebecca Drury, from Ashby Church,  I decided to apply for a COG grant of £120.00 to support this project.

The 28 bags for Emmanuel House each contained:  a knitted hat with gloves, masks, sanitiser gel and tissues.