Key Facts

  • Running across the UK
  • This project is not just an enjoyable past time, it is a social opportunity for isolated older people to become a part of a community
  • Positive Impact on older peoples’ health and well-being

Our knitting groups, are growing increasingly popular with over 5,000 social action knitters across the UK producing in excess of 50 big bin-bags worth of knitted goods per month. With the number of older people living alone in rural areas growing, or with families who have moved away, or who just don’t want to feel like a burden to family and friends, finding a community group of like-minded people can be difficult.

The reported benefits of knitting are huge, in a study, which was published in the February 2013 issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, revealed that the majority of knitters reported a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. Respondents who knit the most often said that knitting positively affected their cognitive functioning, helping them to resolve problems or think more easily

Our knitting groups provide an opportunity for older people to be social, to make new friends, and to have people in their community they can rely on. It is also a good opportunity for older people to still feel useful in retirement and to be able to give back to their community. Knitting groups create an array of knitted materials from items  for premature babies to twiddle-muffs for people with dementia. These goods are given out locally and even internationally.

Volunteer knitters attend their local knitting groups where they can purchase low cost wool and other decorative goods, and sit down for a knit and a natter. Some groups even provide transport for knitters who may not be able to get around so easily.

If you’re interested in volunteering then please see the available opportunities below. If you can’t find an opportunity in your area and are interest in starting one up, then please get in touch.

Volunteering Opportunities run by this project:

RSVP Knitters (Clackmannanshire)

Clackmannanshire

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme encourages those aged 50+ to volunteer and stay active. We are looking for older people in Clackmannanshire who would like to knit items for charity and good causes.

RSVP Knitters (Dunblane)

Dunblane

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme encourages those aged 50+ to volunteer and stay active. We are looking for older people in Dunblane and the surrounding area who would like to knit items for charity and good causes.

RSVP Knitters (Stirling)

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme encourages those aged 50+ to volunteer and stay active. We are looking for older people in Stirling who would like to knit items for charity and good causes.

RSVP North East – Knitting (County Durham)

County Durham

Bring a ray of hope to children across the world. With Trauma Teds, you can help knit teddies for the local children or have your creations sent further afield to conflcit hit regions.