Meet the Team

Meet the members of Oakley Stitchers and learn about our individual skills

Caroline
Creator, Co-Ordinator and Trustee

"WOW! What a journey! This has been a real eye-opening experience and I have been truly humbled by the generosity, skill and kindness that I have found in my community and beyond.

To have instigated something that has brought so much to so many is, to be honest, just overwhelming. 

There is just nothing better than a true win/win for the Stitchers themselves and the recipients of the items they create = a full circle of smiles... perfect.

This is totally a team effort and none of this would have been possible without every one of the Stitchers, donators and supporters.

The fact that everyone wants to keep it going, says it all. 

Thank you team for trusting me and helping make this happen."

Christine
Wool Guru Extraordinaire and Trustee

What Christine doesn't know about knitting, crocheting, and yarn... is not worth knowing. 

As our chief yarn guru Christine has been a godsend! Dealing with donations, developing and adapting patterns, and supporting stitchers to achieve the best for every organisation and individual who requests our help.

Having spent lockdown restructuring her whole house to create a clear and clutter-free living environment. Its been fortunate for Stitchers that we are able to benefit from this new space to stash Stitchers wool donations (short term, apparently).

(if you know of any storage in Oakley or close by, please let us know)

As a trustee, Christine is amazing at 'how to make it happen' and keeps the ideas Stitchers brains generate achievable, focused and real with her sales eye... which is hugely appreciated (and often needed).

Lucy
Fundraising hero and Trustee

Lucy has been with Stitchers from the very beginning, supporting us in any way she possibly can, initially cutting out the hundreds of scrub patterns.

From initially not being a sewer or knitter at the start, she now knits, sews and crochettes like a pro. An inspiration to us all to never give up.

Alonside her beloved Long Dog Hotel, where she provides holiday 'home from home' boarding experiences for minature datchunds (AKA sausages) specialising in those with IDVV needs, she is getting her head in the game of grant applications and funding for all of the Stitcher projects along with being one of the trustees and attending our very important, and social, planning meetings.

Jill
Chief Haranguer

Jill has been a total gem! Stepping in and taming the Facebook side of things and, in her words, being Chief Haranguer! 

When you meet a total powerhouse with the most massive heart (a phone book with EVERYONE in it and the brains to conquer Facebook) you know that you have come across someone very special and totally amazing.... Jill is certainly that! 

Instigating the Dementia trial was truly inspirational and this has brought a whole new dimension to the Stitchers. We now have our fingers crossed that some of the ideas we came up with well become a way of helping the anxiety and distress of those living with dementia, across the UK and beyond!

Stitching & Sewing
Stitchers, Knitters & Sewers

We have over 60 active people who continue to donate their time and efforts into helping, and over 200 members on our Facebook page alone. We are always looking for new members to assist with our continuing orders so don't hesitate to contact us and we can let you know what our current need is.

Non Stitchers/Sewers
Other Skills

We have a lot of Stitchers who want to help but don't knit, crochet or sew. We can find a role for anyone and as things get busier we are grateful for everyone who comes on board.

 If you have some spare time and want to help out, get in contact by email to find out know what's currently needed that you could get your teeth into. 

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