Young mums learned to crochet and open up infinite possibilities
A wool yarn ball can turn into a flowerpot, a bird, or many other forms if one has ingenuity. Young people has infinite potentials too, as long as enough support is provided. YWCA’s Yo Life Club, set up to support young mothers, organised crocheting classes for a group of young mothers and older women, and let them join the Swire Properties’ SEWomen initiative to create green trinkets with upcycled wool.
Partnering Swire Properties, 12 young mothers from Yo Life Club and old women from Sai Wan Social Centre for the Elderly joined “Wooly Wonder” last year. They took online and face-to-face classes to master crocheting skills. Not only are the young mothers more confident after learning the craft of crocheting, but also expand their social circle and find themselves a better support network.
The project also brought working experience and additional income to the participants by allowing them to be mentors or teaching assistants in the crocheting workshops organised for Swire Properties Community Ambassadors. In just a few months, they also completed more than 1,000 green trinkets, which were later distributed to the community during Mother’s Day to promote sustainable living.