How it all began
We are Emma and Jenny. We are both mums and health visitors, Emma in Greater Manchester and Jenny in West Lancashire. Together we cover both counties, supported by our communities, local charities, groups and various mum armies. We are independent and not associated with any organisation, religion or political party.
We initially began our project with regular social meets in East Lancashire, where we would invite other people across the region to join us and learn how to create “pieces to be proud of” from wool, with the option to donate these on to support people in our local communities.
As time went on, our own work and family commitments mean that we could not continue to organise and facilitate meetings, though we encourage and support our local communities to hold these where possible. Currently people tend to knit or crochet items in their own time, and use our drop off points to donate handmade or preloved gifts for a vulnerable local family. Through fundraising and much support from people around us, we are able to put these “knitted with love” blankets and baby clothing into boxes filled with newborn essentials and extra essentials and presents for a new mum. These are then gifted out to new families living within our neighbourhoods.
At a time when funding to services is being cut, and social and financial hardship is rife, we are trying to reach the people who particularly struggle to access these tangible items and who may also need to feel the support, love and thoughts of someone in their neighbourhood.
Emma and Jenny spend several hours a week decorating cardboard boxes, sorting through and ironing tiny clothes, and dropping them off where they are most needed, because we believe that everyone should feel they have someone nearby at what is a very special, but often very difficult time, for a young family, and that all families across the region should have a fair start in life.