Calls for knitters to keep vulnerable people warm

Yorkshire community charity, Groundwork Leeds, is calling for knitters across the region to put their skills to the test to help keep vulnerable people warm this winter.

As part of the charity’s Knitting Communities Together campaign, Groundwork Leeds aims to highlight the rise in fuel poverty across Yorkshire and provide a way in which people can support the work its Green Doctor team carries out.

The Green Doctors help people to take control of their fuel whilst reducing their environmental impact at the same time. The service provides home visits and 1-2-1 free advice which can help use less energy, keep warm and save money. In 2016, the Green Doctors will visit over 1100 people in their homes suffering from fuel poverty, many of which can suffer from issues such as social isolation.

This winter, Groundwork Leeds wants to show people that they are not alone and are asking local craft groups and individuals to show their support by knitting scarves, which will be distributed on visits.

Katrine Bay Madsen, Green Doctor Manager of Groundwork Leeds, said:

“With the cost of fuel steadily increasing year-on-year compared to the cost of living, there is more and more people in our region suffering from fuel poverty. We’re hoping our Knitting Communities Together campaign will not only raise awareness of this serious issue happening on our own doorstep, but it will provide much needed support for vulnerable people in our communities.”

If you can help the Green Doctors keep Yorkshire warm this winter please visit www.groundwork.org.uk/newy for more details.

 

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