Knit-for-Nowt is a charitable service which supplies those who work with vulnerable children with hand knitted, crocheted or sewn items to help them heal.
Hand puppets, worry puppets and worry monsters are used to aid recovery from traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, bereavement and other serious problems.
Knit-for-Nowt was established in 2015 to supply hand knitted and crocheted items to keep people warm in Hull and East Yorkshire. Many knitters across the UK and abroad responded to the appeal, and during the first two years thousands of warm items were distributed to a wide variety of organisations helping vulnerable babies, children and adults.
However, as the charity grew it became apparent that there was an urgent need for items to help children heal from physical and psychological traumas. Children learn to trust the helper through interactive role play using hand puppets. Worry Monsters are used as a way of helping children to deal with whatever is worrying them. Children are more likely to express their feelings in this situation.
More and more requests came in from teams of Social Work therapists and others working with children in distress. In these days of budgetary cuts the therapists have no allowance for these types of items. So Knit-for-Nowt has transferred all of its energy into providing them.
DECEMBER 2018 - LATEST NEWS RE CHILD CRUELTY AND NEGLECT *
The number of parents prosecuted for child cruelty or neglect has doubled to almost 17,000 in the past five years, amid concerns over rising drug and alcohol misuse and mental ill health, police figures reveal.
The data, released by the NSPCC, showed there were 16,939 cases of parents deliberately neglecting, mistreating or assaulting their children in 2017-18, up from 7,965 in 2012-13.
It mirrors the number of of calls made to the NSPCC's helpline - 19,937 last year, about children suffering neglect, with three quarters referred to police or children's services.
* Source: The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 4th December 2018
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