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A donkey called Derek… A knit and knatter creation!

We are delighted to introduce you to Derek – the life-size donkey we made in Knit and Natter for the GRCC ‘Knitivity’ Project at Gloucester Cathedral.

Our creative Community Activity Co-ordinator gives us the lowdown on our latest creation:

I am delighted to introduce you to Derek – the life-size donkey we made in Knit and Natter for the GRCC ‘Knitivity’ Project at Gloucester Cathedral.

 

 

The Knit and Natter sessions created and delivered by the Brandon Trust in partnership with CBH have been ground-breaking, innovative and we believe, totally unique, in that we welcome everyone of all abilities – we often have participants of both sexes, of all ages from 9 to 90, with or without physical or learning disabilities, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, mental health problems, dementia and other long term or chronic health conditions and from a variety of difference races, religions and cultures – yet everyone comes together as friends to share the joy.

One of the most significant outcomes has been that working so closely with residents from the Brandon Trust has taught CBH residents (who have not often been exposed to people with profound and multiple disabilities) to see the person beyond the disability.

The Knit and Natter Group recently received the runner up prize for Involvement and Inclusion in the Brandon Trusts Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony 2015 in Bristol last Thursday.

 https://www.facebook.com/GloucesterCathedral/posts/967840589950442

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Life-size-nativity-scene-knitted-charity/story-28114706-detail/story.html

In terms of the Knitivity Project, we felt a ‘patchwork quilt’ creation of the donkey would really represent the huge diversity of participants in our Knit and Natter group – we are such a mixture of different people who all come together for a shared goal , that we felt our donkey should be made out of little bits of us all!

The character of the donkey could not be more appropriate for us as it is traditionally seen as a beast of burden (a lot of our participants live with so many troubles and burdens), and it is informally used to describe a stupid or inept person (and many people ignorantly and incorrectly perceive those of us with disabilities or other problems as being stupid so we are raising awareness and breaking down negative attitudes and barriers in this area as well)!

 It all ties in nicely with the theme of Jacob’s coat of many colours too!

 
 

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