International Women’s Day – How you can show your support
Today is International Women’s Day, and if you are wondering how you can show your support, we have a round up of some fantastic charities you can get crafting for!
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s. While it’s seen some turbulent and challenging times for women’s equality, it has continued to be a cause to celebrate, unite, and take action. Of course, everyday should be International Women’s Day, and that’s where small acts locally can have an impact globally.
We think a great way to show support for the day would be to create some knits or crochet for some fantastic charities like these:
Women’s Aid helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence. You can donate goods such as toys and clothes to your local refuge centre – a great opportunity for you to knit up that toy pattern you’ve had stashed for a while, or use up some left over chunky yarn to create a lovely cowl.
Find your local women’s aid refuge here >> https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/
The Breast Cancer Haven is a supportive space that helps people with breast cancer, and their families, to better cope with the side effects. You may remember that we helped fundraise for The Big Tea Cosy campaign by selling a fantastic collection of tea cosy knitting patterns!
You can host your own crafty tea party to raise money for this wonderful charity, or purchase one of the tea cosy patterns from our site, all the money for the pattern goes to The Haven.
Get your friends together with their knitting and crochet projects – don’t forget the cakes!
Find out more about hosting your own fundraising event here >> https://www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/planning
Dementia Friends helps individuals gain a better understanding of the condition, and encourages them to “create communities in which people living with dementia feel more understood and included.”
By becoming a Friend, you can learn more about the small ways you can help. Why not visit a friend or relative with dementia and show them how to knit or crochet? You could also get involved by knitting Twiddlemuffs – a hand muff with bits and bobs sew on inside and out. These are used to help with restless hands in dementia sufferers.
You can download a twiddlemuff knitting pattern from the Knit For Peace website here >> Knit a Twiddlemuff
Find out more about how to become a Dementia Friend on their website here >> https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
We hope you’re inspired to create, and support some of these wonderful charities. Happy International Women’s Day!
Last updated: March 8th, 2017.