Warwick mums learn how to knit

 

Ellie Johnson and Louise Bailey chat with their tutor Maggie Anscombe, who is holding Louise's baby Harriet. Photo courtesy of Leamington & Warwick Courier

Ellie Johnson and Louise Bailey chat with their tutor Maggie Anscombe, who is holding Louise’s baby Harriet. Photo courtesy of Leamington & Warwick Courier

 

A pioneering partnership initiative between Action 21, Warwick District U3A (University of the Third Age) and Westgate Children’s Centre in Warwick has been attracting young mums from Warwick to learn how to knit.

 

As part of our Skill Share project, members of the local U3A ‘Woolpack’ knitting group have been running free beginners’ sessions. The five-week programme, known as ‘Knit and Knatter’, has enabled a group of mothers in their twenties to get together over coffee and biscuits to learn how to knit a baby’s winter wrap.

 

This project was a true collaboration between the three local organisations: the U3A members contributed materials and tuition while Action 21 paid for the mums to use the creche at Westgate Children’s Centre, who in turn provided a room and refreshments free of charge, as well as promoting the course to their customers. This allowed the sessions themselves to be free of charge for the mums themselves, while also promoting and teaching sustainable skills.

 

Tricia Sanchez, a Woolpack member and ‘Knit and Natter’ tutor commented:

“We’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm the mums have shown – some have even been taking their projects home to carry on! At the start, a few weren’t sure if they’d be able to pick it up, but over the weeks we have watched their confidence grow. I do hope they’ll continue to meet as a group once the course is over.”

 

We’re thrilled that this collaboration has been such an overwhelming success and hope that it speaks to more such collaborations in 2014. If you are interested in the Skill Share project, either because you have a skill to share or a desire to learn, then click here for more information.

 

Written by Action 21 volunteer Grace Organ

Photo courtesy of Leamington & Warwick Courier