The Hive JQ The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces. Hive JQ Home Café What's On Covid-19 About The Hive Planning your visit Access Venue Hire Community Heritage Pages We Care Coasters Take part in our winter craft campaign The Hive, in collaboration with Birmingham More In Common, are currently recruiting volunteer crafters to crochet coasters and macramé mats to include in gift packs to residents in Care Homes and isolated people within Birmingham’s communities. This is a new drive to connect people during lockdown restrictions through craft activity and a social action project to help brighten peoples’ days this winter and help people feel more connected during this difficult time. Can you help? Do you crochet or macramé or willing to learn a new craft skill? We are looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours, handmaking a small number of drinks coasters each. What do I need? Many of you will have your own crochet hook and may be able to spare some wool. But you don’t need to have these to take part! We have prepared starter packs with tools, yarn, written instructions and video tutorials to help you create basic drinks coasters. We can post these to you at home. We will then ask you to send us your completed coasters, or we can arrange collection. We have some basic crochet and macramé coaster designs to follow if this is your first time making them, but for the more experienced, we invite you to create any design of drinks coaster, and in whatever colours you choose. What are you doing with the drinks coasters? We will be including them in gifts packs, along with cards and personalised messages from children from primary schools and young people through Birmingham Scouts and Guides. We would also like to invite you to write a personalised gift tag to go with your creations. We’ll be adding a few ‘coffee morning’ themed treats in the packs too. Interested in joining the volunteer craft team? As this is a home-based volunteering project you are welcome to take part wherever you live. We do ask that you are aged 18+ in line with our volunteering policy. Recipients of the gift packs will live in Birmingham. Please contact [email protected] to express interest. OTHER INFORMATION What is The Hive? The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces. The Hive is part of the Ruskin Mill Trust family. The heritage programme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. What is Birmingham More in Common? The Birmingham More In Common group is part of a growing national network of volunteers who run Great Get Together events which bring people together to celebrate what they have in common, inspired by the work of the late Jo Cox MP. The message behind the Jo Cox Foundation’s Great Winter Get Together Campaign this year is to reduce loneliness and reduce stigma by building connection.