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This link (below) is for a for a face mask which you may be able to make. This one has elastic round the ears but the care home I’ve just spoken to would prefer tapes to tie.
You may like to make a mask for yourself or a friend, or ask at you local care home to see if they have a need for more.
Action and Outreach Committee
Now that we are all spending the majority of our time indoors I hope you’re able to help the front line staff in your area.
All nurses, carers and admin staff at care homes have to have a different set of clothes to travel to work in and then have to change into workwear. That workwear has to be put in a bag after work, taken home and washed in the bag.
There’s a great need for cloth bags about the size of a pillow case, with a draw string, for them to use. One of our members has just made 32 for me to take to a local care home and when she’s had a rest she’s going to do some more! The bags should have 72 hours without being used and you mustn’t transport them in a plastic bag, but you can tell the care home the history as you pass them over.
Your church may well have links with local care homes where they go to lead services so I suggest you start by contacting those. I expect doctors’ surgeries also need these bags, but as yet I haven’t enquired. Redundant sheets, quilt covers and pillow cases are ideal to use.
Action and Outreach Committee
A message from Jean Vaughan, Action & Outreach Committee…
When you go our for a meal and are offered a hot towel afterwards, do please ask the waiter what happens to the used ones. I did this in our local Indian restaurant recently and found that the woven towels go into landfill as the company making them doesn’t want them returned!
So now the waiters put them in a pot which I collect weekly. I wash the towels and IRON them when they are dry so that Alison (and anyone collecting for another hospital) has a great source of sterile flannels for the toiletry bags prepared for the patients.
Win Win, as they say.
PS: If there are some that are damaged or too dirty then very probably your local charity shop collects rags for sale. Oxfam certainly does.
Please see the documents and letter from Rosie, (a member from the Churn branch), below for some ideas on fundraising…
Mothers’ Union members in the diocese of Chester produce Angel Pockets which are used in hospital labour suites. These little pocket wraps are used on the sad occasion when babies are stillborn.
The pocket is knitted in 4 sizes, using wool no thicker than 4 ply, in white or any pastel colour. 3 ply or 2 ply is fine especially for the smaller sizes.
Neonatal hospital units use these quilts in a variety of ways. (more…)
Try knitting something different – and useful! Making Twiddle Muffs are a great way to help people with dementia exercise their fingers. Have a go in your branches using this pattern from MU Chester Diocese. You can even ask your local “Knit and Natter” group to make them as a community project. Finished items are welcomed at Care Homes for residents with dementia, anxiety or recovering from strokes. Please remember to add a Mothers’ Union gift label to each item
You’ve unpacked your stuff, found the kitchen and now you are entering into unknown territory; cooking!
We hope that this guide will help you to eat well while you are away from home. In it you will find hints and tips on shopping for food, how to get your “five a day”, and some basic recipes.
Mothers’ Union is specially concerned with families and family life; whether that is supporting parents of children staying in hospital or arranging holidays for families under stress, our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.
In this section you will be able to learn more about some of the areas we are involved in within the diocese, and also a little of what Mothers’ Union in the UK and further afield are doing. Click on the links below to find out more…
Members have put together some simple recipes for people who only have emergency food items available. They are very tasty and make nutritious meals for any family. These can be downloaded in our Resources section.
Schools in Newport Pagnell have benefited from boxes of books aimed to help children cope with bereavement. The list of books can be downloaded here.
Bullingdon Prison is supported by providing over 1000 Christmas cards each year, so that each prisoner is given one. This may be the only Christmas card that a prisoner receives. This initiative was started by John Richards, who was a Church Army Officer as well as a Mothers’ Union member. Also Mothering Sunday cards are given to the younger prisoners so they can send a card to their mothers on this special day.