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Get crafty with ‘Make do and Mend’

by Cathy Sheel

An exciting new recycling project is offering families the chance to ‘Make do and Mend’ by signing up to a free, monthly activity pack.

Community charity Faiths for Change is working with Knowsley Council to offer the online activity programme aimed at helping families reduce, reuse and recycle materials in crafty, creative and fun ways.

The monthly packs will include activities for all the family, such as ideas for recycling in the garden, craft and sewing projects using recycled materials and recipes created with left-over food.

Originally developed as a series of community-based workshops, following lockdown the programme was adapted so that families could get involved online and join in the activities at home. You can register to receive the activity packs by visiting their sign up page.

There will also be a ‘Make do and Mend’ Facebook page so that people can share their ideas and creations, ask questions and arrange swaps.

It is hoped that in the future when lockdown restrictions have been lifted, the project will return to its community-based roots and offer events such as swap shops, cooking and sewing workshops in community venues.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Make do and Mend is about involving Knowsley families in reducing, reusing and recycling in crafty, creative and fun ways.

“During lockdown it’s a great opportunity to get involved in some fun activities for the whole family at home – and share ideas about how we can do our bit for the environment.”

Faiths 4 Change has previously worked with Knowsley Council and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) by delivering a craft and sewing skills hub in Northwood, Kirkby. The charity also promoted the MRWA ‘Recycle Right’ campaign by leafleting over 1000 properties in areas in Kirkby and Halewood.