University of Leicester campus to receive a yarn bomb makeover as part of student campaign

Posted by er134 at Nov 21, 2016 10:22 AM |
Snuggly street art to transform University to highlight opportunities for students on campus

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 November 2016

Photo/ media opportunities available 9.15-10am on Monday 21 November to film/ photograph yarn bomb on campus and interview Professor Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Fiona Smith, Community Links Manager for Learning for the Fourth Age. Contact Nicola Mirams at nm365@leicester.ac.uk

The University of Leicester campus is to be transformed into a woolly winter wonderland as part of a month dedicated to celebrating the opportunities available to its students.

To raise awareness of a range of opportunities that students can get involved with on its close-knit campus including sports, volunteering, mentoring and ways to boost their career prospects, the University will be ‘yarn bombed’ from 21 – 25 November as part of ‘Make the Most of You Month’.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

Bollards, railings and trees will be coated in brightly coloured knitted jumpers, blankets and pom-poms which have been created and donated by staff, students and members of the community.

The project has included numerous social knitting sessions on campus and some of the wool used was kindly supplied by KnitOne knitting shop on Queens Road.

The University is also working with Learning for the Fourth Age, a multi award winning charity based in Leicester which provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care. Student volunteers will be visiting four local care homes to carry out knitting related activities and help decorate the homes with Christmas decorations.

Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Leicester, said: “The yarn bomb has been run across campus to highlight the ‘Make the Most of You Month’, which showcases the range of opportunities that students can engage with here at the University of Leicester, from sports to volunteering to joining societies. Throughout the month there has been a whole variety of different events to ensure that there is something that everyone can get involved with.

“We also recognise the part we play in our local community and it is a privilege to work with Learning for the Fourth Age, as part of the yarn bomb, and our PROUD initiative, to carry out craft activities in city care homes.

“The yarn bomb was not only a great way to engage with students but also brought staff, students and members of the community together to create the project. Some of our knitters and crocheters learnt specifically for the project, whilst others had over 50 years’ experience.”

Fiona Smith, Community Links Manager of Learning for the Fourth Age said: “It is great to work with the University of Leicester to bring some student volunteers to four local care homes we work in. The creative activity sessions give opportunities for young and old to share skills, ideas and experiences – something which is of enormous benefit to both parties.”

Areas of the campus being yarn bombed include the Charles Wilson Building, Students’ Union and the David Wilson Library.

The majority of materials created for the yarn bomb will be reused after the event and repurposed into blankets for care homes or in student craft activities.

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For more information contact Project lead Nicola Mirams at nm365@leicester.ac.uk

ABOUT L4A

Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A) is a Leicester-based charity, which believes you are never too old to learn. It provides learning opportunities for older people across Leicester and Leicestershire who are receiving care. This can be in care settings, such as care or nursing homes, or with individuals living in their own homes.

The work of L4A focuses on better quality of life, mental stimulus and delaying the onset or progression of dementia by learning through activities and pastimes, which bring pleasure and meaning. Volunteer learning mentors encourage older peoples existing interests or help them to develop new ones – which can boost confidence and wellbeing and result in a more positive outlook.

Fiona Smith

fiona.smith@L4A.org.uk

 

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