Volunteers have been putting their knitting needles to good use, knitting Twiddle Mitts for people with dementia.
In Trefoil Guild, women and men aged 18+ make new friends, travel, explore, serve their communities and help Guiding (and Scouting) thrive across the UK. June Donaldson, 72, has been part of the Trefoil Guild for most of her life, often being involved with things to support her community.
Initially, the Trefoil Guild started making ‘Twiddle Mitts’ as part of a co...mmunity challenge.
What is a Twiddle Mitt, you ask?
They’re a knitted band with items attached and given to a person with dementia, so that they can twiddle with them! They help mental stimulation whilst warming hands. They are simple to make and invaluable to that person.
Dr Gail Steptoe-Warren, friend and Occupational Psychologist at Coventry University then became involved and suggested that June and like-minded ladies from the Almshouse in Bedworth, team together and start making ‘Twiddle Mitts’ for various care homes in Nuneaton and Bedworth
Staff at Richmond Bede Village were delighted this morning when June arrived with 20 Twiddle Mitts for residents within the nursing home. Linda Watson, Village Manager said ‘it’s such a kind and generous gesture, the Mitts are fantastic. We are so grateful to the ladies!’