Our Community Campaigns…

Originally, I began to write campaigns for foster care recruitment. But, as COVID 19 took hold, I saw the effect it had on families and children. We were in lockdown, and I was asked if I knew where we could get baby clothes or wool from? I replied, ‘I don’t; but if we start a community campaign, maybe people will come forward? 

Verve’s latest campaigns…

‘Knitted Baby Clothes to support Mums in Winter’.

 The ‘Knitted Baby Clothes to support Mums in Winter Campaign’ aims to help Mums keep babies snug and warm during the cost-of-living crisis this winter. This campaign follows the hugely popular Knitting for Babies Appeal, but the cost-of-living crisis bites and mums, their babies and their children need a little bit more help this winter…

Verve’s ‘Knitting Baby Clothes Appeal.’

The Knitting Baby Clothes Appeal began in the first lockdown as Charity shops, the usual source of wool for Mum’s on a budget, was closed. We asked if people could knit baby clothes to help Mums and their babies to keep warm, the response was, and still is, amazing. Thankfully, over 90 ladies & knitting groups came together and made Mum’s beam with pride as their babies looked beautiful and snug. Thank you.

Bereavement Blankets, Heart, Teddies & Knitted Toys Campaign.

I created the ‘Knitted Bereavement Blankets, Hearts, Teddies & Toys Campaigns’ 3 years ago to support the  Swan Bereavement Team at Salford Royal NHS Trust. These knitted items help the Swan team to support and care for patients, and their families affected by COVID-19. Sadly, again, they need more to meet rising demand. Can you help?

Verve Ambassador, Maxine Casey said to me after working a shift at Salford Royal Hospital, ‘Mum, I saw a little girl today walking past with one of the knitted teddies. It looked like it really comforted her.’ This got me thinking; what about children going into foster care? Would they like a knitted friend to give hugs and cuddles when they need it most? 

Thanks to the kindness of the Ladies who Knit and the craft groups who now support us; we have donated nearly 800 knitted toys to foster children. These children receive a welcome box from the Not for Profit Charities we support when they go to foster homes. Now, they unlimited hugs and cuddles when they need them most.

The rest we donate to local Community Centres and Sure Start Centres for Mum’s on a budget as stocking fillers for Father Christmas!

Our Bereavement Blankets, Hearts & Teddies Campaign…

I created this campaign at the beginning of lockdown. The Bereavement Blankets, Hearts and Teddies Appeal directly helped people and families affected by Covid-19. The Swan team at SRFT NHS Trust provide comfort and support with Bereavement blankets, knitted hearts and teddies. They asked if we would ask our knitters if they could help? This campaign is on-going; the demand grows as winter approaches, so please, don’t stop because you really are making a difference.

‘Emergency Food Parcels campaign…’

Salford Food Parcels run from the Emmanuel Centre on Langworthy Road, Salford. During lockdown, they provided emergency food to vulnerable people in Salford. Sadly, the situation has grown worse, as more families than ever need a helping hand…

Thanks to Salford Food Parcels, Verve Ambassador, Yvonne Simms, and her volunteers, they delivered over 150 additional food parcels to people who struggled during lockdown. Many of these were families with children, our pensioners, and local Armed Forces Veterans; many continue to visit Salford Food Parcels, and this number grows weekly. If you need emergency food; get in touch.

Please don’t struggle; we are in this together.

The secret of success…

Over 95 ladies who knit and craft groups came together & supported our campaigns. Thank you!

Thanks to their kindness, we have now donated over 5000 knitted baby clothes, blankets & over 2000 Bereavement Blankets, hearts & teddies to the Swan team @ Salford Royal NHS Trust to help those affected by COVID 19.

Finally, Father Christmas needed a helping hand…

Yvonne Simms also told me that many of the children in the Holiday Hunger project she runs may struggle to get Christmas presents that year. It was 4 days before Christmas, and she was getting upset. She asked if I knew of any organisations we could try to get donations? I said, ‘No. But maybe we should put a post on social media and ask friends and Family to help?

Verve Armed Forces Director Claire Marie Street shared the post on the Salford Veterans Breakfast Club Facebook page. The Armed Forces Veterans Community, together with friends & family came together and we sent 95 Xmas Presents on Christmas Eve to Father Christmas for the big day!

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If you would like to support our campaigns, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Verve CIC does not claim grants or funding; we are old school and prefer to earn our way with foster care recruitment and any donations we receive.

However, if you could help us to continue with our campaigns and donate, we would really appreciate it. Simply, click on the PayPal link above, and no matter the size of donation, every little really does help, thank you. x

Can you foster?The most in-demand types of foster care are Sibling foster carers & Mother & Baby foster carers to keep families together.