At this time of the year many in the community turn their attention to those who would normally be fed at school but during the holidays must rely on parents and guardians.

There is an increasing number of families in Leeds who struggle financially to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their children and to combat this there is a growing number of people and organisations who are working to help them. Two such organisations are Stitch-up and Fareshare, the UK’s longest-running food redistribution charity.

It was therefore good news to know that Stitch-up, the summer school for people aged 8 – 16, is back!  From the studio premises on Meanwood Road, young people from Meanwood, Little London, Woodhouse, Hyde Park and Headingley have the chance to be creative, learning how to stitch, finger-knit, weave, knot, knit and crochet, and to take home the fun items they make.  It’s also a chance to find new friends, and there are drinks, snacks and healthy lunches, because Stitch-up is working with Fareshare to keep everyone healthy and happy.

All through the summer school holidays, the workshops take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  It’s very flexible, so as many or as few sessions can be booked; it’s whatever appeals to the young people attending.  Parents should note that they don’t need to be present, but that their children must be dropped off and picked up promptly. Also, there’s no need for anyone to have any skills to attend, and all materials are included.

Note that booking is essential.

The last session is on 29 August and includes the summer school closing party at 3 until 5 p.m., where family and friends can see what everyone has been making.  Tickets are free.

Stitch-up is supported by The Healthy Holidays Fund and Leeds Community Foundation.

Please note: There is no disabled access to the Stitch-up studio.

You can book here.