Look out Reigate – the East Surrey Samaritans "Yarn Bombers" have arrived!

East Surrey Samaritans Yarn Bomb in Reigate High Street

For anybody not familiar with ‘yarn bombing’ it is street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth that are draped or attached to buildings, posts, trees and railings, etc.

  A group of our volunteers at East Surrey branch of Samaritans who share a common interest in knitting and crochet, thought it would be a good idea to meet up on a regular basis; so on the 7th"Jan 2016 we had our first meeting where it was decided that our new knitting group would be called “SamsKnit”

Samaritans volunteer applying "a stitch-in-time..." to Yarn Bomb on Reigate High Street We spent time chatting about how most of us had been taught to knit many years ago but for many of us we hadn’t done much at all in recent years. One of our SamsKnit members suggested a ‘Yarn Bombing’ project to coincide with our “24/7” event in July and the decision was taken to proceed with this idea.Utilities cabinet in High Street Yarn Bombed by East Surrey Samaritans

On Tuesday 5th July Samaritans launched a nationwide “Talk To Us” campaign. In July, Samaritans branches held events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities. We decided that our proposed ‘Yarn Bombing’ project would provide us with an ideal opportunity to contribute to this campaign. 

 For part of the 24 hour period from midnight Saturday 23rd until midnight Sunday 24th July 

"Yarn Bombing"  flowers on railings in Reigate High Street by East Surrey Samaritans

We had volunteers on the High Street raising awareness for our charity. Over that period many a passer-by stopped just for a chat, to talk to us in complete confidence, to find out about how to become a Samaritan volunteer, to find out more about Samaritans and the work we do or simple to say “hello”.

For more information about this and the events being held nationally be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page and on Twitter .