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There are lots of ways to use skills in sewing, knitting and crafting to help people seeking sanctuary. Here are some resources and ideas.

Get in touch with your local City of Sanctuary group or refugee sector organisations to find out about useful ways to help in your local area. 

Crafts are also often a great way of bringing people together so look out for local projects that people seeking sanctuary can join in with. Even if you can’t volunteer, they may be looking for supplies!

You can send us more ideas to add via [email protected]


‘Sewing things for refugees’ – some ideas from Ripon City of Sanctuary

Knitted teddy bear patterns from Ripon City of Sanctuary



A volunteer made masks for women involved with the Yorkshire & Humberside Maternity Stream group at the beginning of the pandemic

Toiletry bags for new mums

Fabric wash bags were made and filled with toiletries for new mums then delivered to Baby Basics Sheffield

Toys for new arrivals

The Ripon City of Sanctuary group delivered homemade toys and other supplies to be given to new arrivals staying at the Induction Centre in Wakefield

Quilts for guests at The Grange

Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers made a quilt for every bed at The Grange