12 Jul 2019

Revived Yarn – Makers for Charity

Did you know that there were 10,264 people homeless in the week of February 18th-24th 2019 across Ireland? Dublin area is severely affected by the issue, with more than 150 people sleeping rough and hundreds of families living in hotels, hubs, queuing for food and primary needs, with their children along, as reported by Focus Ireland.

Revived Yarn will showcase at Dublin Maker a selection of our handmade garments and a Yarn Art Exhibition about homelessness in Ireland. We will collect donations of handmade (knitted/crocheted/sewn) hats and scarves, which will be donated at the end of the day to the Inner City Helping Homeless, in support of their campaign #RaiseTheRoof and #HomesForAll. At 2pm there will be a free event to knit and crochet together quick items, such as mittens or chunky hats, so that we can add more to the donations for the ICHH!

The idea of Revived Yarn is born in 2017 to provide a sustainable way to warm people affected by homelessness and poverty while creating a tightly knitted community.

Our volunteers meet up in social events; here we relax, chat, knit, crochet and discuss about new ideas. The yarn leftovers that we receive as donations are packaged in kits containing a pattern with instructions to make a precious handmade garment, which can be picked up for free at these events.

Revived Yarn donate the finished items directly in Grafton Street, from October to April, in partnership with the group Homeless Street Cafè. Donations are delivered also to other charities, such as Inner City Helping Homeless and The Capuchin Centre.

Revived Yarn is a non-profit community, that operates exclusively through donations of materials and services and through the support of fellow communities and partners: Give Your Skills, The Constant Knitter, Third Space Cafè, SOUP Dublin, Homeless Street Cafè, Dublin Knit Collective, Dublin Drunken Knitwits, MACRO Community Resource Centre, Zero Waste Ireland, Dublin Volunteering Centre.

Revived Yarn was winning project at the social contest SOUP in November 2017 and is currently looking for volunteers.

If you want to be a crafter, donate or get more info, please get in touch at revivedyarn@gmail.com!

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