This is a time when there has been more need than ever to reach new families – this is a time when families are struggling for more reasons than ever before and need support. At the same time, we want to provide a safe service that does not put anyone at risk. All boxes are now pre-packed and will remain in storage for at least 1 week before being distributed. Boxes now all contain hand gels and reusable face masks that have been made and donated by the Rossendale Sewing Bees. They are also now wrapped in cellophane to protect the contents and we advise that this is wiped down prior to opening. We are not currently accepting donations of clothing or knitting – we have enough in storage to mean that any clothing or knitted donations were given to us pre-COVID. We shall post on here or via facebook when we are accepting donations again, so please follow us for updates.
I am also packing all the boxes myself. Due to the lockdown measures in the North, I am unable to have anyone help me so bare with me if things seem a little slower! Emma
Knitting Smiles Across The North is a community project initially founded in 2016 that has now grown to reach regions across all of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Together we support new mums and vulnerable members of the community by providing “baby boxes” packed full of essential items and treats. Each box contains at least two unique, handmade with love, items of baby clothing and a blanket. These and other items are sourced from within our communities, for our communities.
Across The North
My name is Emma and I am a health visitor in the North of England. This started as a maternity leave project for me in 2016 after having my third son and feeling an empathy, a compassion and sense of injustice for local mums who had little support or access to the things that they needed after having a baby. Since then, hundreds of boxes full to the brim of necessities and lovely things have been distributed to local families, into women’s refuges, hostels and homeless projects. The project has links with health visiting services and nurses who support ladies and children with no recourse to public funds, who have fled war are seeking refuge in our communities, or mums who are isolated, lonely and just need to feel the love and thoughts of someone else nearby. This is a project that is fighting for equality for all families and for everyone to feel that they have someone who cares about them.