So much more than a knitting group…

Members of Knit and Natter at one of their weekly sessions.

A weekly knitting group which started over two years ago with just a handful of people has grown in popularity and is helping to combat isolation in Knowle West.

Knit and Natter regularly has around 10 people of all ages coming to the group which meets on Wednesday afternoons at Filwood Library – and has become a regular social hub for many.

Claire McNeil from Public Health Bristol South runs the group and says it is ‘so much more than just a knitting group’.

She explains: “They share their talents of knitting, crochet, lace making, embroidery as well as the ups and downs of their daily lives, in a friendly relaxed environment.

“A mini Tea and Talk event was held at the end of January, with the group, to raise awareness of mental health. This enabled the knitters to talk about their own experiences and share what coping skills they use to manage stress, anxiety and depression…

“Whether you are a knitter, or not, this is a great place to make new friends, over a cup tea.”

Melanie Taylor (36) who is a regular attendee says: “It is nice not feeling isolated as I don’t see a lot of people in the week. There’s no judgement and you can do what you like. It’s nice having a laugh…”

And 86-year-old June Mitchell says: “I like helping people and it gives me joy to help others here and fills me with happiness.”

Knit and Natter meets every Wednesday at Filwood Library from 1-3pm. Just turn up or contact Claire on Claire.mcneil@bristol.gov.uk or call 0787 681 4604.