The Big Knitathon

‘The Big Knitathon’ – a helping hand for the UK’s homeless

Nationwide fundraising campaign will attempt to break a Guinness World Record…

On the 17th of November, knitters across the country will be picking up their needles and taking part in ‘The Big Knitathon’ – a series of fundraising, knitting circle events. The campaign aims to raise awareness of The Big Issue Foundation’s work and the homeless – and raise vital funds for the charity. The events will also be part of a nationwide attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most people knitting simultaneously.

In conjunction with the Big Issue Magazine’s 21st birthday celebrations this year, The Big Knitathon is a new venture for the charity, which has previously held other fundraising drives such as The Big Sleep Out. People of all ages, genders, and knitting abilities are being encouraged to get involved and organise their own events to raise sponsorship, which can be held in churches, libraries – or even living rooms!

The Big Issue Foundation is a national charity that connects vendors with the vital support and solutions that enable them to rebuild their lives and journey away from homelessness.

Nearly 100 people a week turn to the Big Issue for an opportunity to help themselves at a time of utter personal crisis, and The Foundation strives to support 2,500 vendors across the country. Vendors make a personal choice to buy their magazines with their own money, taking charge of their finances and sales whilst developing the skills required to retail to the public. This addresses the problem by offering homeless people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to ‘help them to help themselves’.

Moria Hornik, Corporate and Community Events Officer at The Big Issue Foundation said;

“The Big Knitathon is a great way to bring communities together to raise vital funds for the Big Issue Foundation. This is our first ever national event, and whilst knitting might not seem like the obvious solution to tackling the problem of homelessness.  Funds raised will help some of societies most vulnerable people take those all-important first steps into changing their lives.”

Simple items that we all take for granted can seem like an impossible dream to a person living on the street, just £10 can cover the cost of attending a housing appointment, £17, a pair of shoes, £50, a new suit for a job interview, and £77 can provide a passport to use as official ID to open a bank account.

Knitathon events are simply about communities and friends getting together to raise as much sponsorship possible to donate to The Big Issue Foundation. You can attempt to knit anything from a hat to a jumper – and you could even donate what you make to your local vendor.

Stephen Robertson, Chief Executive, of The Big Issue Foundation said;

“Over the last 21 years the Big Issue has always believed in the idea that people should be involved in their own process of change; taking part in something is being part of something. The Knitathon is going to be a tremendous event that builds wonderfully on this principle. We hope that 100’s of knitters will join us across the country, have great fun and help to make something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.”

If you would like to hold your own event, all you need to get started is an event pack, which includes posters, sponsorship forms and information on how to make your event a success.

For more information about the campaign or an event pack, contact Moira Hornik on 0207 526 3459, or moira.hornik@bigissue.com. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter at @TBIF

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Who inspires us

We thought we would take a little time to introduce you to some of our favourite women on the internet, all of whom create beautiful things every day!

Matilda Jane.  This is a gorgeous clothing company set up by a woman with a dream.  We love their style, their clothes but above all we love the close family feeling to their company and the way they communicate with their customers. Its not only a beautiful site but it makes us feel warm and fuzzy, which is a winning combination!

Rosy Little Things.   Alicia is one of the most talented people we can think of. She makes beautiful quilts, crochets, cooks amazing meals, takes awesome photos and is a generally lovely person. We have had a blog crush on Alicia for many years now, she summarises how life should be lived for us.

Soulemama. Amanda is also an amazing woman. Mother of 5 children, author, she blogs daily and is one of the most creative people you will ever meet. You will fall in love with her blog and her children guaranteed.

Lilys Quilts This is the blog of a UK quilter who is incredibly talented. Quilting is something that we know nothing about but would love to learn.

100 Layer cake. Not that either of us are planning a wedding any time soon, but if we were the information on this site would be so helpful. As it is we are endlessly inspired by the projects, photographs and real life stories featured here.

Roots of She   This site is so inspirational. Written by a life coach in the US we defy anyone to come away from here feeling anything other than that they could do ANYTHING.

 

 

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to our new blog. Please take some time and have a look at the About us page, follow us on twitter and like us on facebook. We will be blogging here every day with lots of creative ideas for you and would love to hear from you about what YOU have created today.

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About Us.

Claire and Lulah are best friends who love to be creative.  Lulah is a graphic designer and Claire is an ad sales girl. Having both worked for years for other people they have now decided to branch out on their own and share some of their ideas for a living a creative lifestyle with you.

Claire and Lulah would love to live in a world where everyone created something beautiful every day.  Think about that, what have you created today? Have you cooked a healthy and wholesome dinner for your family?  Have you handwritten a letter to a friend?  Knitted some rows on a scarf?  Embroidered a tea towel? Baked a cake?  Or what about something that may not scream creative to you.  Have you made someone laugh, hugged and tickled your children until they begged you to get off and let them go.  Have you hugged someone that you love or told a stranger on the train that you like her shoes? If not then why not?  Have you opened your fridge and decide to use the contents to make a face pack instead of dinner? Or had a soap making day with your friends?

Create something beautiful every day whether that be an actual thing or a feeling. Make someone smile. Do something that makes you proud. Be creative.

Create something beautiful every day, its not much to ask and it will bring so much into your life. Trust us. We know.

Be Creative is more than just the name of our business, it is a way of life.  It is our way of life.

Read our monthly magazine (from the end of October), our daily newspaper (from the middle of September), our tweets, (@becreatemag) our facebook and our blog.  Get to know us.  Share your creativity with us.   Send us photos of things that you create.  See what we are creating in our lives, with our families.

We want you to be inspired by what you see here. Our biggest aim would be that everyone leaves our site thinking, yes – I could do that – I could go and create something beautiful and I am going to do that now.  That would make us happy, and you want to make us happy, don’t you?