The poncho project is back in action and urgently needs helpers, as temperatures drop in Calais.
As group sewing sessions are not currently possible, we are asking volunteers to cut and sew at home. To simplify the process, there will be two phases (volunteers can take part in either or both phases):
1) Until 29 November: Delabelling and cutting out.
Pick up new blankets from Jesus Lane Quaker Meeting House (12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA). Take the labels off, cut the main poncho pieces, the pockets and the cowls (and optionally pin the pockets on). Return your cut ponchos to Jesus Lane Quaker Meeting House.
2) 5 to 27 December: Sewing and folding.
Pick up the cut-up pieces from Jesus Lane Quaker meeting house. Sew on the pockets and cowl necks. Return your finished and folded ponchos (location to be confirmed)
UPDATE 14/12/2020: We have lots of blankets that still need to be cut into poncho pieces, so if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still help! And there’s lots of sewing to be done too, of course…
You can download instructions for cutting and sewing as a PDF file from camcrag.org.uk/ponchos/pattern.html
There are Zoom sessions planned to support volunteers.
For full details about the Poncho Project, visit www.camcrag.org.uk/ponchos.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org