It’s National Volunteers Week so we’d like to take a moment to celebrate our wonderful volunteers!

Our Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin says:
“We are very lucky to work with an amazing group of sewers, crafters, and helpers.
Volunteers are essential to our work at Stitched Up and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve had so much help sorting, painting, cleaning, cutting, sewing, pinning and more! Whether it’s at home or in person we are grateful for every bit of time and effort contributed.

I started at Stitched Up as a volunteer and right from the start I loved being able to work with like-minded people. Now, as Volunteer Coordinator, every session I learn something new from our wonderful group that we’re incredibly grateful for.

So from me and the team, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Now let’s hear from one of our awesome volunteers. Thanks to Claire, who has kindly shared her volunteering story with us:

Why did you get into volunteering? In 2016 I left my job because of ill health, it was a pretty miserable time, but I picked up creative projects to keep my spirits up and creativity going. I was given a sewing machine in 2018 and got hooked on sewing, now I have a whole wardrobe of handmade clothes. Now physically I am feeling stronger and looking to get back into work, I wanted to volunteer with a local project, where I could put my skills to good use and meet other like minded people.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering? Sewing is often an undervalued skill, but it’s more than just thread and cloth, it’s been integral in maintaining my emotional wellbeing and being able to spread this to more people feels more important than ever.

Thanks so much for sharing your time and skills Claire, we really do appreciate it!