Knit-for-Nowt is a charitable service which supplies hand knitted, crocheted or sewn items to those who work with vulnerable children.
They're used to aid recovery from traumatic events such as abuse, neglect, bereavement or other serious problems, and have also been found to be a very effective way of helping children communicate with adult helpers.
Knit-for-Nowt was originally established in 2015 and at the beginning it supplied hand knitted clothes and blankets 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. We now supply our items to therapists right across the UK.
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Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield says:
"Hundreds of thousands of children in England are living with a cocktail of secondary risks that Covid-19 may exacerbate: lack of food in the house, homelessness, sofa-surfing or living in cramped living conditions, neglect, domestic abuse, substance abuse and parental mental health problems. Many will be caring for parents or siblings themselves in these incredibly difficult circumstances. It is essential that children who need help are identified and given the help they need.”
For details of hand puppets please CLICK HERE
For details of worry monsters please CLICK HERE
And for a little about why they are considered so important please CLICK HERE