During Refugee Week (17 – 23 June 2013) the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department launched a crocheting and knitting project. The project called for members of staff and students to knit or crochet squares which were then sewn together to make blankets. Baskets filled with wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks were left in the school’s staff room where members of staff could unwind with a spot of knitting.
Lettings Officer, Raksha Hirji said “I found knitting the squares to be quite a therapeutic experience and a good opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause.”
Weekly knitting workshops were held for students who learnt some basic knitting skills.
EAL Learning Support Assistant and project coordinator, Anne Hantouli said “The response has been fantastic. The workshops were a great success; knitting needles and crochet hooks were taken up enthusiastically and new skills soon mastered. Students and staff together have made 3 beautiful blankets which no doubt will be warmly received. The project has not only taught new skills, but rekindled a craft and sense of nostalgia. We hope the project will be a long term one to reflect the sad, ever increasing refugee crisis. Our aim is to extend the project to include the local community through our links with senior citizens. We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all those who have donated their time and support in aid of this very worthwhile project.”
The blankets will be sent to via a registered charity for refugee use.
[text by Camille; image by Steve]