A new project from ICA, which aims to encourage and support local residents to use their crafting and creative skills for a range of good causes.
DECORATE YOUR DOORSTEPS
A key ambition of Community Crafters is to reduce levels of local isolation and loneliness through community-based crafting activities that enable people across all generations to get creative together. Our latest project aims to achieve this while celebrating the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Project Manager Katy Pascoe explains, “We want to showcase our Island’s fantastic community spirit by covering Portland in colour in the lead up to the end of social contact restrictions. It’s a time for celebration and gratitude, so we’re looking for people to decorate their doorstep with bunting, garlands and wreaths, or with anything else they fancy. We don’t mind if they knit or crotchet, use recycled materials or hand foraged items from nature…what’s important is having a go!
“We’re also hoping that some residents will donate their creations to ICA, so we can offer them to local businesses and communal spaces to display during the period. Once the project’s over we would love to retain the decorations as a community resource that can be loaned out to organisations or individuals, looking to brighten up their own event or celebration.”
ICA will be providing a range of patterns and ideas for garlands, bunting and wreaths. These will be available from the ICA office or can be downloaded below.
We’d also love residents to share photos of their creations on our Community Crafters Facebook group. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated doorsteps, as voted for by the community between 1st–21st June.
Knitting and Crotchet Patterns
PAST COMMUNITY CRAFTERS PROJECTS
ICA’s Knit A Chick project in March 2021 saw every child attending nursery, pre-school or reception class on Portland presented with a knitted or crotchet toy and chocolate egg Easter surprise.
The gifts were given by the community as a thank you for the children’s hard work during lockdown, which helped keep the Island’s most vulnerable residents safe.
In total 358 gifts were delivered, plus five Easter Bonnet prizes for Key Stage 1 classes at Atlantic Academy.
ICA Project Manager, Katy Pascoe, said, “We were blown away by the response to the project. Yet again Portland has shown true community spirit, with residents coming together to share their time and skills to brighten up someone else’s day.
“What we particularly loved about this project was not only its ability to bring different generations together, but also the fact that it helped reduce levels of loneliness and boredom for many of those who participated. In fact our oldest knitter was 94.”
Jayne Cox, who kick-started the idea added, “I’ve been a member of a few knitting and crochet groups for a couple of years now and after falling ill last July I found knitting really helped strengthen my hands again. I also know, as an active member of the community, that helping others is a great incentive to get up, get moving and keep yourself active. I guess it felt like a natural progression to see if there was a way I could use knitting to help others on Portland. I knew it was something the older generation enjoyed, but they haven’t always got family to knit for. So, I chatted to ICA about my idea and the project was created.”