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Swansea residents knit blankets for the homeless

Knitted blankets for Cyrenians

Residents with knitted blanketsResidents and staff at our sheltered housing schemes have been putting their knitting skills to good use, making colourful patchwork blankets to be donated to homeless people of Swansea.

Angela Harvey, Scheme Manager at Ynysderw House in Pontardawe, held a knitting class in November 2013 with bags of knitting yarn donated by Llanon Women’s Institute in Ceredigion.  Residents from Ynysderw House, Pont Aur in Ystradgynlais, Llys Dewi Sant in Swansea and Llys Y Werin in Gorseinon were taught how to knit and build a patchwork blanket.

Since the initial knitting class, the residents have continued to knit, working together to make patchwork blankets. So far, four blankets have been made, each with their own colours and personal touches. Angela Harvey said “It was a pleasure for myself, staff and residents to work together to knit blankets for the homeless. We chose bright colours for the patchwork and have crocheted around the edges to make the blankets very personal and cosy. We hope that they bring warmth and comfort to those who need it.

The patchwork blankets have been donated to Cyrenians Cymru, a charity supporting homeless and disadvantaged people throughout Swansea.

Polly Stone, Marketing and Partnership Manager at Cyrenians said, “We are delighted to accept this donation from Gwalia’s Sheltered Housing schemes. The staff and residents have put so much hard work into producing these blankets, and they make such a difference to the comfort of those people faced with sleeping rough”.

The knitting challenge continues, with more patchwork blankets to be donated to Cyrenians at the start of March 2014.