There are many reasons to get out your sewing machine, knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc. We like to make things for ourselves because being creative and using our unique skills brings a sense of satisfaction. Using these same skills to assist those in need also brings satisfaction. Listed here are charities that are in need of volunteers with needlework skills.
Little Wonder is the Parents’ Fundraising and Support Committee for the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
RPA Newborn Care in Sydney NSW provides the highest level of neonatal intensive care available in Australia.
RPA Newborn Care looks after more than 950 sick and premature babies each year and not only do they provide intensive care services for babies born at RPA but also for babies transferred from hospitals that don’t have the same high level of intensive care facilities.
The following items for use in RPA Newborn Care are always in demand due to the large volume of babies they care for each year. All items are required to be cotton or cotton flannelette. Synthetic fabrics cannot be used. Bright colours are requested where possible and all sewing machine stitched for safety.
- Hemmed Sheets - simple cotton rectangles, hemmed on all sides
Finished size 60cm x 100cm
- Hemmed Dribble cloths (for under baby’s head), cotton rectangles hemmed on all sides
Finished size 30cm x 20cm
- Hemmed Belt (to hold the baby down), cotton rectangles hemmed on all sides
Finished size 55cm x 8cm.
- Peanut Pillows (click link for pattern) – can be used to position baby’s head in the midline so they can have eye to eye contact and interact with their mum, dad or carer during nappy changes, awake times etc. They are also sometimes used as a positioning aid by nurses caring for intensive care babies on respiratory support.
Baby must be awake when the peanut pillow is being used (in accordance with SIDS guidelines).
Angel Gowns Australia Incorporated is a nationally registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. They hope to touch the hearts of all Australians, especially those who have experienced the unimaginable death, illness or disability of their baby or child. They are a 100% volunteer organisation and rely heavily on the community to be able to continue offering their services at no charge.
Seamstresses are needed to create tiny baby gowns from donated wedding dresses. All patterns are provided. Visit their website to learn more.
Angels for the Forgotten (AFTF) is an Australian organising dedicated to assisting children and families who have experienced the foster care system, domestic violence and homelessness. Their aim is to provide dignity, hope and joy through acts of support and kindness that will amount to big changes. "It is the smallest things that make the biggest difference." AFTF is a 100% volunteer run, not-for-profit charity.
A wide range of products are sought each year in the annual Craft Challenge.
Every girl in the world deserves education, safety and dignity. Days for Girls helps girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of hygiene kits, by partnering with nonprofits and organisations, by raising awareness and by helping communities arund the world start their own programs. Thanks to a global grassroots network of thousands of volunteers and supporters on 6 continents, they have reached women and girls in 75+ countries.
website - http://www.daysforgirls.org (Days for Girls International)
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/DaysForGirlsAustralia (Days for Girls Australia)
The Handmade with Love project donates handmade soft toys and quilts to babies, children and teenagers at the Sydney Children's Hospital. The materials used must be new but it is up to the sewer what pattern or design they use. Patterns are available on their website. Items can be made individually or with a group. See website for groups, patterns and delivery options.
Sands Queensland provides support, information, education and advocacy for parents and families who experience the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or other pregnancy losses. They have a range of services to support parents including support groups, newsletters, a library and ideas to remember their baby.
Bereaved parents are given a memory bag as a gift. Sands is looking for individuals or groups who are willing to sew memory bags, keepsake blankets and gowns. Patterns and materials are supplied. Additional information and guidelines can be found on their site https://www.sandsqld.com or by contacting
Digital Media Officer & Volunteer
Address - PO Box 934 NEW FARM Q 4005
Office phone - (07) 3254 3422