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Knit to keep folk warm this winter

West End-based Sew Confident wants people to knit and crochet gloves, hats and scarves

A sewing school business is doing its bit to keep people warm this winter.

West End-based Sew Confident is asking its members to knit and crochet gloves, hats and scarves to tackle the cost of living crisis.

The items will then be distributed along with food packages at food banks in Dundee and Glasgow.

The campaign is the idea of Sew Confident founder Jenny Drew and franchisee Sandra Cassidy of Sew Confident Dundee.

The two women say anyone can get involved and more information is available on the Sew Confident Facebook page.

'Impacting'

Jenny said: “The energy crisis is impacting so many people. It got me thinking about those the hardest hit by the rising cost of living and how we could help.

Jenny Drew wants people to get knitting. Photo: Sew Confident
Jenny Drew wants people to get knitting. Photo: Sew Confident

“By calling on our community, we’re putting our skills and the skills we’ve taught so many people over the years, to the best use possible.

“We’re hoping to get as many volunteers as possible and donations from any knitters who have existing creations not being used.

“We’ve never been shy of getting involved in charitable, community projects at Sew Confident, so I saw this as another opportunity to help and I can’t wait to see how many items we can donate.”

By calling on our community, we’re putting our skills and the skills we’ve taught so many people over the years, to the best use possible.

Jenny Drew

Sandra said: “We’re hoping to pull together and donate as many items as possible. It feels like the cold has set in a lot earlier this year, and as energy prices soar so many households are anticipating a challenging Winter ahead."

Sew Confident’s online community of over 3,000 members have already been approached to get involved along with a number of care homes with crafty residents but now the team are hoping to reach new audiences and appeal for more help.

The Sew Confident studio will be accepting donations between November 14 and 27 before handing all into the food bank on December 1.

Sew Confident founder Jenny Drew and franchisee Sandra Cassidy of Sew Confident Dundee.
Sew Confident founder Jenny Drew and franchisee Sandra Cassidy of Sew Confident Dundee.
Shona Simm, Project Manager at Glasgow NW Foodbank, said: “With the energy crisis setting in, this Winter is going to be even more tough for our clients, with many unable to heat their homes.

“As a result, we’ve seen a huge increase in visitors to our foodbank in the past few months and with some local councils having to consider opening up warm spaces as a lifeline, the problem is obviously very serious.

“We’re looking forward to accepting donations from the Sew Confident community that will really help our clients ahead of the cold months.”

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