What is it?
Here at the hive we have a variety of crafting roles to suit your skills and talents. Each item you donate will go to good causes both in the city and further abroad. These roles are a brilliant way to hone your crafting skills whilst being able to donate your creations so they do not end up cluttering up your house!
Who can do it?
Literally anyone! The only skills you need for this role are your own crafting talents and access to a supply of crafting products.
How does it work?
Once you have registered for the role you are interested in, you will be updated monthly with good news stories and information to inspire your own crafting journey. We also set up a social every three to four months along with our donation date so you can come and meet like-minded people and show off your fabulous creations!
We are also looking for crafters who would like to join a creative group where you can learn and teach your own skills to other crafters.
So if you would like to help a good cause or would like to join like minded volunteers we have a variety of roles below that will suit you!
Build a Boob!
The Breastfeeding network need anyone who can knit or crochet to build a boob! Once donated the boobs will be used to show how babies attach to the nipple. They can be in a variety of shapes and sizes and the boobs can also have an inverted nipple. If interested, register you interest today!
Knit to Help Seafarers
Stella Maris is the largest ship-visiting network in the world. Whilst visiting the people on board their ships, it became apparent that the seafarers are often ill-equipped to deal with the cold conditions they find onboard. Our volunteer knitters provide invaluable support for seafarers by helping them to keep warm. We are looking for knitters or crochet crafters who can make woolly hats, fingerless mittens and balaclavas.
Menstrual Pad making for the Pachamama Project
The Pachamama Project is a lockdown story, born out of a desire to do something good in a time of bad news and worrying press conferences. Our washable pads are easy to make and make a huge difference to people already facing unimaginable daily challenges. Having your period should not be one of those challenges. We need crafty volunteers to create the menstrual pads that will then be shipped of as care packages to help women in under privileged countries.
Card Making for children in Hospitals and Hospices
Could you create and send a card for children living in Hospitals and Hospices? We are collecting cards for Cards for Bravery, an organisation dedicated to brightening the days of seriously ill children in hospitals and hospices. We are looking for creative people to create and write cards for children to brighten their day
Crochet Turtles/ Whales/ Sea creatures
We require people to assist us in making sea creatures. These creatures need to have stomachs that we can either, fill with plastic pieces and reach inside the mouth to put in and out or have the whole stomach being able to be removed and opened up to show the plastic. These creatures can be made to any size at all. We would love them to be big enough that a group of children can see easily if they are sitting a few rows back from us. However, we do not mind at all what size they are, as long as the whales are not life size! They can be any colour and have any designs on them as long as they can be used to represent plastic that is inside of our sealife.
Crochet Water Balloons
We need crochet water balloons so that we can use them at our eco clubs, beach schools, workshops and events. We want to educate children about plastic pollution and we are sure the best way to do that is by having fun. We are using this opportunity to make children smile and in ways that are good for the planet. We need the balloons to be around the size of the palm of a persons hand. They can be any colour at all and there is no set pattern unless you can find one on the internet. We would be so grateful for our help and maybe the children will then want to crochet their own balloons for home so they don’t use plastic balloons anymore.
Making Hedgehog & Bug Houses
We are aiming to make hedgehog and bug houses for every school possible. We want to create habitats for wildlife that are in need in our ever growing cities whilst educating children that local animals are endangered and need our help.
You will be required to make hedgehog houses out of wood and stained with protective paint so they will not rot away too quickly outside. This stain/paint must be safe for animals and can be purchased from any hardware shop. The roof should be on an angle and water proofed so again it lasts longer outside. Designs for hedgehog homes are available online but all we are expecting is the most simplest of homes. Unless you feel like making a hedgehog mansion!
Knit Mini Wooly Donkeys
Do you like to knit and would like a chance to improve your skills? Why not make a Woolley Donkey! Since Woolley first arrived at the Sanctuary, he and his adorable knitted donkey friends have been growing in popularity every year. They are knitted by supporters and then sold in our visitors’ centre to raise funds to support the charity. If you would like to try your hand at making an adorable Woolley let us know!
Felting Craft Donkeys
Do you love to felt, or would like to try a new hobby? If yes, then this could be for you!
Have fun making these beautiful felt donkeys, in the knowledge that funds raised from community events will help the Donkey Sanctuary care for Donkeys and Mules in need worldwide. Fill with lavender for a fresh summer scent, or cloves/cinnamon for a Christmas fragrance; they will make lovely decorations for any donkey-lover’s home or car. These felt donkeys will be sold with the proceeds used to maintain the Donkey Sanctuary sites. If you would like to have a go at a new skill, let us know!
Crochet your own Neddy the donkey
Are you looking for your next crochet project? Would you like to crochet something adorable that will help a good cause? Then meet Neddy the donkey! We are looking for avid crochet crafters to make this adorable donkey on behalf of the Donkey Sanctuary. We will send a collection to the Sanctuary and they will sell them to help maintain their premises.
Please drop them into the Volunteering desk at Portsmouth Central Library, where we will donate items in bulk on your behalf. Alternatively you can post them directly.
Knit or Crochet Scarves, Gloves and Mittens
The tens of thousands of knitted and crocheted items you’ve made make a huge difference to the lives of internally displaced people, or to children in our hospitals. We regularly transport the knitted and crocheted clothing Items to Syria where they are distributed according to seasonal need.
Knit or Crochet small Teddy Bears for Knit For Syria
We are looking for Crochet and Knitters to make small Teddy Bears for children in Syria. These items will be distributed to areas most in need. Feel free to knit or crochet in any colours you like. All items should be in a brand-new unworn condition. Please ensure no loose strings or pieces could be a hazard to young children. Once you have made items, please drop them into the Volunteering desk at Portsmouth Central Library, where we will donate items in bulk on your behalf. Alternatively you can post them directly.
Little Knit hats for Age UK
Are you looking for a cute small role that will help people in you local community? You may even see your hats in stores! We’ve been putting little knitted hats on our bottles in support of Age UK since 2003. That’s all thanks to heroic volunteers stitching thousands of bobble dazzlers year after year.
Every hat is important, whether it’s as neat as a pin or as homemade as a pasta portrait. Knit one, knit loads – you’ll be making a huge difference either way. If you are interested, we can send you links to either crochet or knitted hat templates. Once you have completed your little hat masterpieces, please drop them into the Volunteering desk at Portsmouth Central Library, where we will donate items in bulk on your behalf. Alternatively you can post them directly.
Knitted Mice for our feline friends
Are you a knitter? Could you help us by creating some knitted mice for our feline friends?
We are looking for people who want to knit a mouse cat toy.
These mouse toys are great for our cats to relax and play during a difficult period in their lives. This is a great way of helping out and you could use up all your old wool the cats are not fussy about colour!
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes, this will reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too.
Make A Cat Wand
Would you like to make a cool cat toy using old materials at home?
This is a really easy way to donate to a good cause, as the cat wands help the cats with stress relief during a difficult time in their lives.
Best of all, anyone can get involved, as all you need is some old fabric and a pair of scissors. Once you have made some fantastic creations, please drop them into the Volunteering desk at Portsmouth Central Library, where we will donate items in bulk on your behalf. Alternatively you can post them directly.
Create a Ring Ragger dog toy!
Would you like to make a cool dog toy using old materials at home?
This easy to make ring ragger helps dogs to release tension and have fun, with this eco friendly dog Toy.
Best of all, anyone can get involved, as all you need is some old fabric and a pair of scissors. Once you have made some fantastic creations, please drop them into the Volunteering desk at Portsmouth Central Library, where we will donate the items in bulk on your behalf. Alternatively you can post them directly.
Crafting for seriously ill children and their siblings
Crafting – Can you knit or crochet? Are you a cardmaker or scrapbooker? Can you make something a child might like? Our Pals love receiving things that have had love and thought put into them.
Post Pals for seriously ill children and their siblings
Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings aged 3-17 smile. We ask the public to send cards, letters, little gifts as well as sending them ourselves.
Make a mouse for a cat in need
Would you like to make a mouse friend for a kitty in need? Then this role is puuurfect for you!
We are looking for dedicated knitters to make a mousey friend for a feline companion!
These mouse toys are a great for our cats to relax and play during a difficult period in their lives. They can be any colour and made out of leftover wool from other projects! If you are interested, let us know and we can send you a template!