We need your help to knit or crochet twiddle muff fidget toys, which are especially calming for people living with dementia.Twiddle muffs provide great comfort helping relieve anxiety and keep restless hands busy!
We postponed our project launch, a Knit & Natter Train Event due to Covid-19 restrictions. We had planned to involve people in the community who wanted to participate from home who were not able to travel by train, but could still be involved with this initiative. However now that most of us are in lockdown at home, we are asking anyone who can knit or crochet to help us.
Penistone Line Partnership will donate a completed twiddle muff to people with early-onset dementia who attend our Rail Confidence & Travel Training program (with their carer) along with a support and information pack to help them live well and access rail travel in the future.
We will send a pattern, wool and embellishment pack to you on request, or you can design your own!
If you can supply your own wool and bits and bobs to attach to the muff that is great! A simple pattern download if you need it, is HERE
If you would like a ‘make-it-at-home Twiddle Muff pack’ sending out to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/text Rowena on 07912753817
We will arrange drop off points so we can collect the muffs after lockdown is lifted. If you are not local to the Penistone Line please contact us about how to return your creations!
Thank you, happy crafting and stay safe.
Ro & Sarah x
Penistone Line is working towards making the line ‘hidden disability friendly’. This means being aware of the difficulties people may face when using rail travel. A person with a hidden-disability could live with autism, dementia, learning difficulties, mental health problems or hearing impairment to name but a few.
We have been working with local councils and support groups, train operators and stakeholders to tackle issues that can make rail travel harder for some people. Training is provided to front-line rail staff and improvements such as disability lanyard schemes are in operation. We want to work with our communities to ensure that rail travel is a sustainable and accessible option for everyone. It is important that we listen to anyone with ideas or issues they have accessing travel, just get in touch.