with thanks to Helen Round, Artist

India Donations4Our Traditional Craft Group has been at it again! Our industrious knitting and crochet crew have made hundreds of items for charity since being established just over 10 years ago. Most recently, they’ve produced a huge bag of knitted hats, scarves and jumpers and more for an orphanage in Delhi.

The group started making the items in September and they were hand-delivered by textile artist Helen Round while she was on a trip to India last month.

Helen, who leads the Traditional Craft Group with our Learning Development Officers, made contact with the Kilkari Rainbow Home orphanage before she left to ask if there were things the group could make.

Established in 2008, the orphanage is home to over 100 street girls aged 6-18 years old and provides education, nutrition, clothing, health care, recreation, a counselling service and support to help the girls reintegrate into mainstream Indian society.

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Here’s what Helen posted about dropping the items off:

“Finding this place was a challenge! Three Tuk Tuk rides taking us close, but not quite close enough until we managed to find one person who knew what we were looking for. Into another Tuk Tuk and finally, through a labyrinth of narrow streets and past the obligatory cow, we heard the sound of children playing and realised we had arrived.”

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In total, the Traditional Craft Group made and donated 72 items – 23 scarves, 17 jumpers/cardigans, 17 hats, 13 pairs of gloves, a dress and a blanket. The temperature can drop to just 6 degrees (cold!) at night in Delhi during the winter months so, as you can see from the photos, they were very gratefully received.


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We also made some donations locally either side of the festive period that we hope will help people both young and old.

Plymouth donationsStaff donated some toys and games to the Observation and Assessment Centre (OAC) Rooms, Children’s Contact Centre (pictured here along with donations from others).

The centre is used for children in care to have supervised contact with their birth parents and some spend a lot of time there. The toys and games will hopefully help improve the quality of the contact sessions and make them as enjoyable as possible for the children.

We also gave hundreds of DVDs of old Plymouth to elderly people around the city to help remind them of great memories from days done by. The DVDs were kindly distributed by CaterED, Moments Café, Age UK Plymouth and Plymouth Community Homes, all of whom are working with us on our new ‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ community engagement project.

SWFTA DVD donations