Knitted toys made with love are bringing comfort to children in care.

Knitted toys for children often mean a hug from a little best friend. A friend who will always stay with you and never run out of hugs and cuddles when children need them most. More importantly, these knitted toys are made with love from ladies who knit, and so begins another campaign, Verve Recruitment CIC ‘Knitting Toys for Children in Care’ campaign.

Verve CIC, creating campaigns to bring comfort to children in care.

Throughout the pandemic, Verve has created campaigns to bring comfort to vulnerable groups in our community. We began with the ‘Knitting for Babies Appeal;‘ followed by the ‘Emergency Food Parcels Appeal’ aimed to help families struggling throughout lockdowns. Finally, we created the ‘Bereavement Blankets, Knitted hearts and Teddies Appeal.’

The ‘Bereavement Blankets Appeal‘ brought hundreds of knitted teddies and hearts donated by Ladies who knit. Subsequently, we donated them a local ‘Not for Profit’ Charity; the Swan Team who work within the Salford Royal NHS Trust.

Verve Ambassador; Maxine Casey is a student nurse working at the Salford Royal Hospital, and it was whilst working on her shift, she saw the comfort the teddies gave to children. Maxine had called to the Swan team before starting work to deliver Bereavement Blankets, Knitted Hearts and Knitted Teddies from the ladies who were kindly knitting for us.

Subsequently, Maxine knows the commitment of the ladies who knit for us. Equally, she knows only too well the amazing work of the Swan Team within the hospital. Furthermore, she was about to see for herself, the kindness of the ladies who knit, and the comfort their knitted teddies and hearts brought to a child when they needed it most.

‘Today I saw the comfort the teddies give to children, it was lovely to see.’

After work, Max called me as usual and said ‘Mum, I saw a little girl today at the hospital who had one of the knitted hearts. It was lovely to see the smile on her face, and I saw the comfort the knitted heart gave her.’

The comment Maxine made, made me smile; however, it also made me sad because we don’t think of how much the pandemic affects children. Therefore, the comfort to a child, from a tiny knitted heart or teddy; made with love from a stranger, was profound; it was also heartbreaking.

It also made me think about how children in care feel? Maybe, if we create a campaign to donate knitted toys for children in care; perhaps they too could feel the comfort Maxine had witnessed? Maybe, if they had a knitted toy in their welcome packs from the Not for Profits; they too could have unlimited hugs?

‘Not for Profit Charities’ bring comfort to foster children in care.

I decided to test my theory and asked some of the Not for Profit charities I work within foster care recruitment. I asked; would their foster children like to have a knitted toy as part of their welcome pack; would it bring them comfort? The answer was a resounding yes.

So, when I spoke with the Ladies who enquired about knitting for us, I asked if they had ever knitted toys, and if they did would they consider knitting them for children in care going into foster placements as part of their welcome packs? The answer, again, was a resounding yes.

Knitted toys made with love for vulnerable children.

Therefore we now proudly launch the ‘Knitted Toys for Children in Care’ campaign. I know that many children in care don’t have much. Nor am I involved in decisions of why children are in care, or, why they come to families with only the clothes they are wearing.

These decisions make me sad, and if there is anything we can do to provide comfort to children in care, by giving them a small gift to make them feel loved, then that is what we will do.

Verve Ambassadors are women who care and will go the extra mile.

Maxine is my daughter; she is also a Verve Ambassador with Yvonne Simms and Bronagh Howell; they have a common factor, they are nurses, either retired or students. Also, they have one shared love in life; their beloved NHS.

Verve Ambassadors are passionate about providing support and care to vulnerable families in their communities. Therefore, when it comes to bringing comfort to children in care, they will always go the extra mile.

Yvonne and I had previously been to the Swan team to establish what they needed, we created the campaign and Yvonne has kindly coordinated the hundreds of knitted items; supported by Knitting groups within our community. She has been amazing.

Fate has a funny way of making things happen when you least expect it.

It was a Sunday night, and my phone pinged. I had an enquiry from my website from the ‘Knitting for Babies’ campaign. However, this enquiry was different, because it was from a lady who asked if we would be interested in Knitted toys?

The lady explained she had knitted toys with her sister; however, no one wanted them. Could we use them? I smiled to myself and replied, ‘yes, please.’ I don’t know where I intended to store these toys. But, I knew we could use them and once more, I set about finding homes for them.

Maybe the cosmic universe was picking up my thoughts? I don’t know. However, the parcel of toys arrived, and they were beautiful. This parcel was donated to children involved with the Salford Food Parcels project and children who came to our Armed Forces day event we were recruiting at.

It was lovely to see the children react to the stall of knitted toys when they came over to say hello to us. I watched the children pick the toy they liked best; I also saw how their parents often looked worried because there was no price on them. They didn’t need to worry, we never charged for these toys, they are donations, and the toys were free.

If the parents wanted to donate to the tombola, that was fine, but there was no pressure. Our aim was to give children a hug from a little best friend, whenever they needed it most; just as it was intended.

Could you support the ‘Knitted Toys for Children in Care’ campaign?

The Not for Profit Charities fostering teams will include a knitted toy in each child’s welcome pack, and no matter how long children stay with their foster family, their knitted toy stays with them; giving unconditional hugs when children need it most.

Verve is a recruitment agency committed to finding caring and compassionate foster carers who know the power a hug brings from a knitted toy to children in care.

These foster carers make a massive difference in the lives of children. However, the knitted toys and teddies, made from love by strangers, are right there with them, by their side, giving comfort to children when they need it most. And, for a child who is a little bit lost and vulnerable, this is the best gift we can give.

If you could help and knit toys, teddies and dolls for children in care, please get in touch on the form below, or email me at val@ververecruitment.org.

Alternatively, if you are interested in fostering with a Not for Profit Charity, please get in touch; however, you do have to understand the power of a hug for a vulnerable child. Especially one that is made with love from a stranger, whose sole purpose is to bring comfort to a child.

Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of children.

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