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Erewash Time Swap is appealing for donations of wool to help their members knit fun activity comforters for people living with dementia.

A group of Time Swappers have been busy producing ‘twiddle muffs’ – knitted woollen double-thickness hand muffs with bits and bobs attached inside and out. They are used as a stimulation activity for restless hands for patients living with dementia. Many patients with Alzheimer’s, arthritis and dementia have found them to be comforting and therapeutic, helping encourage movement and brain stimulation.

But now the Time Swappers are finding they are running out of enough chunky wool to keep the production line going.

Jo Perkins, project leader for Erewash Time Swap, said: “We’ve got a very active group of knitters who are producing some very beautiful and colourful ‘twiddle muffs’ which will be greatly appreciated by people in Derby Hospital and in their homes. However, they’re running out of wool and are also in desperate need of items like bells, buttons, whistles, zips and keys which they can sew into the wool.”

If you can donate any of these items to Erewash Time Swap, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Jo Perkins on 07974 269193.

Erewash Time Swap is funded by Derbyshire County Council and Wellbeing Erewash - a partnership between the people of Erewash, the local NHS, social care and the voluntary sector. Erewash Time Swap allows people to offer their time and skills - such as home DIY and garden maintenance - and receive time back from other people with different skills in return.

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