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Woolly worry worms inspire community kindness

30 March 2022

A group of Telford residents have been crocheting woollen ‘worry worms’ in a creative community act of kindness to bring smiles and joy to strangers in the local area.

Resident at Rose Manor, Rita Wycherley, crochets a "worry-worm". A worry worm hangs from a tree along with a poem: I’m your little worry worm, Keep me close, Keep me nearby, When a worry pops in your head, Hold me tight, Whisper in my ear, I will take away your worry, So, you have nothing to fear!!  Rose Manor – Random Acts of Kindness

Residents from Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Rose Manor, who are part of a ‘knit and natter’ club, were discussing the worries of the world when they decided to dedicate their time to helping people alleviate stress from their life – by making the cute, crochet creatures.

When the worry worms are ready, they are fixed to a laminated message and hidden around various locations in the local community for people to take home and cherish.

Resident knitter, Rita Wycherley, said: “Random acts of kindness go a really long way, and this is a very small act that we hope is making a big difference in peoples’ lives. We should take every opportunity possible to make another person smile. And it makes us feel good too! In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”  

Wellbeing and Inclusion Assistant, Kirsty Lees, added: “Stress Awareness Month is just around the corner, and this year’s theme is community. There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, and the ‘knit and natter’ ladies were keen to show that they care. As a Wellbeing and Inclusion assistant, I know all too well that a lack of support can cause loneliness and isolation, which can impact mental health and wellbeing. It’s my job to promote inclusion, and I’m chuffed that our kind-hearted residents are carrying the baton forward, and making people smile.”

Sanctuary Retirement Living is committed to wellbeing and inclusion and supporting residents. The Your Home Your Life campaign was launched to make sure residents are supported to lead independent and healthy lifestyles in an environment which encourages social connections where true friendships can be made.

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