Befrienders raise awareness with yarn bombing

Published on 4th September 2014 in Community Services

A picture of Befriending Officer Carol Hill with three befrienders, holding knitting yarn.

Three women who are supported by our befriending service were taken on a special trip to the Blind Veterans Association in Sheffield.

Organised and accompanied by Befriending Officer Carol Hill, Gill, Sheila and Kath made the trip to help with the yarn bombing of a tank in order to raise awareness of Vista.

Yarn bombing has become a popular form of street art in recent years, employing bright colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. Using knitting created by the people we support, we have previously yarn bombed areas outside of the Vista Shop, in addition to street furniture, to highlight the difficulty that people with sight loss may endure in manoeuvring around these items. 

Gill, Sheila and Kath all contributed knitted or crochet squares to the project, and donated their remaining pieces to the for use in another yarn bomb on the side of a tank at an event organised by Blind Veterans’ Association. After the yarn bomb, the squares will be made into blankets and sent to children in Africa. 

Gill, Sheila and Kath had a fantastic day, taking part in a guided tour of the Association’s Sheffield headquarters and enjoying lunch with some of the veterans.

To find out more about our befriending service, visit our befriending service page.

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