Knit for Peace UK is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust. It grew out of projects we developed in Rwanda and India, which brought together women of traditionally hostile communities (Hutu and Tutsi war widows in Rwanda and Muslim and Hindu women in the slums of Delhi) to knit clothes for street children and orphans. We paid the knitters and distributed the clothes through local NGOs.
The funds came from the Good Gifts Catalogue (another of our initiatives). Knitters in the UK asked if they could knit for those in need, and we discovered there was a huge need for knitters to have someone to knit for. Once we said we would distribute donated knitting we found we were inundated.
Here at Knit for Peace we believe that knitting (and crochet) is good for people in all sorts of ways. As well as being fun and therapeutic, knitting brings people together and gives a way of helping others in need, providing benefits both to the knitter and the recipient. Based on our experience of developing Knit for Peace over the last few years, we have learned that knitting is extremely important as an activity that can be carried out right into extreme old age and helps improve long-term health.
Our policy is to encourage people to give, whether it is time or money. So we set about finding outlets. We now distribute regularly to over 100 outlets, including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop in centres, prisons, community groups, and hospices as well as to developing countries. We send the knitting (and crochet) to where it’s needed. We also pass on donations of yarn and needles to enable people on low incomes to knit. The operation has grown organically, and we estimate we have over 15,000 knitters.
Send your knitting to us and we will make sure that it goes to a good home.
The Charities Advisory Trust
Knit for Peace is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust. Starting in 1979, the Trust has been finding innovative ways to raise funds for charity ever since. Currently, alongside Knit for Peace, the main projects are The Good Gifts Catalogue, Card Aid, and Peace Oil.