Manchester’s youth volunteers create winter warmers for the homeless

By Anna Mauremootoo

Knitters are doing their bit for the homeless this winter by creating hats, scarfs and blankets and distributing them around the city.

After the success of last year’s campaign Manchester Youth Volunteering Project (MYVP) have launched the scheme for 2010.

Donations are being made through Cornerstone Day Centre in Moss Side which provides services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults.

A spokesman for the Centre said: “Without this support Cornerstone would not be the special place it is for so many people.”

Cornerstone receives no public funds and is wholly reliant on grants from charitable trusts and individual benefactors.

Laura Pike from MYVP said: “It’s a great campaign; you can help to make a difference for homeless people this Christmas and into the New Year.”

The scheme has been running since October, with the MYVP organising several open knit events

The next of these will be held on the 16th January at Nexus Art Café in the Northern Quarter.

Cerys Owen, who will be attending this event, said: “I think at the minute the homeless have got to be among the neediest, especially given the weather.”

Volunteers with no experience of knitting are encouraged to attend the big knits and learn a new skill.

Sarah Costello, a textiles student, said: “I think it’s great that people can use their talents to teach others and to help the local community.”

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