LinkLiving helps to knit the community together

Fife school children donated knitted blankets to Bandrum Nursing Home thanks to help from RealLiving’s Older Peoples Befriending Service

RealLiving’s Older Peoples Befriending Service (run by LinkLiving Ltd) provides an opportunity for older people to get together at its social cafes, in Torryburn and Rosyth, to enjoy companionship and to take part in activities run by the volunteers.

The social cafe in Torryburn is regularly visited by pupils from Torryburn Primary School who are always keen to get involved with the activities the members take part in. Some of the pupils visited the cafe when members were knitting blankets for local hospitals and care homes, and were so keen to knit one themselves, that volunteer Sylvia Hanlon set up a knitting group at the school for seven pupils.

Sylvia (right) with some of the children who knitted and donated the blankets

Over 20 weeks, the pupils knitted their own blanket, and have now generously donated this along with two blankets knitted by the Torryburn Cafe Members to Bandrum Nursing Home in Saline. The classes proved really popular with the pupils, with another 20 interested in taking Sylvia’s classes after the summer.

Great opportunity for the children to learn a new skill

As Jillian Mellis, Head Teacher, Torryburn Primary says: “This has been a great  opportunity for the children.  Some of them had never knitted before and as well as learning new skills, Sylvia has also become their friend and they have loved spending time with her. Our links with the group have been strengthened through this venture and our pupils have been able to demonstrate good citizenship.  We look forward to continuing this activity and many more in the future.”

Linda Short, Care Manager, Bandrum Nursing Home said: “It meant so much to the residents to know that the children and members of Torryburn Cafe took time to make something just for them.  For a lot of the residents, a blanket offers comfort and reassurance and these will be well utilized, particularly when the inevitable colder weather comes!  We all think that this donation is just wonderful”

Find out more about RealLiving

If you would like to find out more about RealLiving’s social cafes at Torryburn and Rosyth, please contact Elaine Meakin on 07884 246642, Sylwia Nadolny on 07921 040757, or Amzu Jamal on 07834 181922.