Lisa

Founder

Hi, I’m Lisa the founder, leader and chair of trustees. I am the mad crazy lady who started all of this. A wonderful band of merry makers and supporters. It started as an idea back in March 2020. Where I thought I would see, amongst my friends who would like to make scrub bags for the NHS. It spiralled very quickly, and a couple of weeks later, this group was formed. We, a few weeks later, escalated into making scrubs. Hubs were formed, Covid safe places to collect kits and provisions, and drop off made items. On our allowed daily walks or linked to our allowed essential shopping trips. Wow. That seems like a lifetime ago.

 

As our wonderful community grew, I could see that we needed to diversify. And we started to do knitted and crochet items. We did heart pairs for ICU. Then care homes. As we helped care homes we diversified again with sensory items, blankets, bed socks etc. One day I received some teddies. And the idea was born to donate teddies with a material bag to children in hospital. We have added so many useful and supportive items along the way. And seek to find those places that really value what we do, and that make a difference to those who receive them. We will always continue to find communities, for who we can make a difference. Either useful items. Or items that bring joy or relieve discomfort. This group really has developed such a strong community spirit. Togetherness. Sense of purpose in those difficult days. I, as well as many others, don’t know what I would have done without the group. And look where we are now? It’s just amazing. Together all of those involved really do make a difference. And we will continue to grow from strength to strength.

 

A big thanks to the trustees, who have joined now. To support me in my initiative, taking it forward, and going from strength to strength. I love my group and the community we have become. Now if you haven’t fallen asleep yet, a little about me. I am 48 years old, and was born in Kent. Came to the Midlands, Birmingham, to attend university. And decided to make it my home. I lived in ward end, then solihull, Netherton and now Wordsley in Stourbridge. Planning on staying here now. I like it. I am a single parent to two amazing children. Lewis 8 and Chloe 5. I run three businesses. And am one of the top 50 consultants in the uk for the 1:2 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. Running my own businesses means I can make the time for the work that we do. I am totally passionate about what we do. And the difference we can and do make to our communities. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. Oh, I don’t actually make anything. And not very crafty. But I make this happen. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 xx

Hello! I’m Jennifer

Trustee

Hello, I am Trish Bradley and a Trustee of Crafting for Communities. I also run the Kidderminster hub, which started in March 2020 as a hub for “Worcestershire for the Love of Scrubs (FLOS), so my dining room looked the same as Lisa’s house last year. When the Worcestershire group finished making scrubs, the local sewers all wanted to continue making a difference to other peoples lives and to enjoy being part of a group. I had got to know Lisa through FLOS and we helped each other out when one of us was short for a delivery. She welcomed Kidderminster into the Dudley fold. This now means the group stretches out as far as Wyre Forest and Great Witley. My area of responsibilities in the group covers designing, making samples, producing instructions for the kits, cutting fabric, basically producing the kits for you to sew. This also includes purchasing fabric and haberdashery which is like a visit to the sweet shop for a sewer, until Lisa who holds the purse strings finds out how much!! The new cutting room has made this so much easier, I don’t suffer from back ache any longer! If you have any queries regarding any kit or stitching, just send me a question and I will endeavour to help you.

 

I started sewing clothes for my Sindy doll when I was about 7 on an old hand machine and carried on. Since then I have built a little business (Tricia’s Bunting) making bespoke bunting which I sell at craft fayres (when life is normal!) and make leather goods which are all handstitched. I attend Edwina Mckinnon’s art textile group where we develop art ideas for textiles with hand dyed fabric, printed and stitched often with hand dyed threads to make individual works of art. Finally, let me introduce you to Hazel the campervan who was our mobile storage unit while we out grew the old HQ in the archery centre. She is now empty and almost road ready with heater & extra blankets for an adventure on the open road! Thank you for all your beautiful work and it has been wonderful to put faces to names during the renovation of HQ. I look forward to meeting more of you during open days and workshops and see the new cutting room!

Hello! I’m Jennifer

Trustee

I’m Colleen, hub manager of Tipton Trevor, Leicester City fan, bad but enthusiastic tap dancer who loves costume and theatre. When lockdown cancelled our dance show, dance lessons and my trips around the country to football I had a lot of time to spare. A friends daughter needed scrubs bags so I sewed some. As friends and neighbours left bedding on my doorstep I sewed a lot and they needed a home so I arrived on Lisa’s doorstep. Soon I was a volunteer driver (I can’t drive but hubby can😂) and we toured the very quiet lockdown roads delivering and collecting to schools, care homes, hospitals, factories or wherever.

 

Soon Tipton Trev arrived and drivers filled my house with deliveries for me to move on. Next I was packing hub bags at old HQ, organising our brilliant drivers while usually wearing snow boots and thermals and working under tables🙈MSC is absolute luxury💕 When not at MSC I’m often filling in grant applications but my favourite job is being out and about meeting our supporters or people we support. I drink a lot of coffee on my travels (we won’t mention the cake and biscuits😉) and have met some amazing people who have become friends.

Hello! I’m Jennifer

Trustee

Hi, I’m Helen. Mum of one human and two dogs 😉 I love cross-stitch, bullet journaling and am a big geek. I also am proud to be Brown Owl of a wonderfully bonkers bunch of Brownies 😀 I’ve been a member of the group since May 2020. I started off as a novice machine-sewer, making scrub bags and those ear-protector strips for masks. I levelled-up to scrubs, even though I’m a painfully slow sewer so didn’t make loads. I’ve also made a few toys – again I’m painfully slow, but every item made, however slowly, is another item that can be distributed, right?! I’m the lucky one who gets the job of unpacking, sorting and cataloguing all the fab makes that come into HQ on a Friday. I love coo’ing over the makes that come in.