Material Mask Making – can you help us?

As people venture out in public more, masks are becoming more of a requirement. Have you got your own masks to hand?

Big Local North Cleethorpes are contributing to a local initiative to help make fabric masks and distribute them to more vulnerable, elderly or at risk people in North Cleethorpes. A number of volunteers – some individual and some part of sewing groups – are combining fabric and elastic to make simple, fashionable personal, washable masks that we can share.

Have you got a sewing machine? Can you hand sew? Have you got some time to spare and would like to help out? If so, we can supply you with some fabric, elastic and a pattern and you can get sewing! We’re also sewing in a small name label into the masks to remind people that this is part of a Big Local North Cleethorpes initiative.

If you’d like to get involved then please contact Liz at VANEL (liz@vanel.org.uk) who can make arrangements with you for collection of materials/pick-up of masks.

As far as distributing the masks is concerned, we’re going to be working with the Blue Lights Brigade team to ask them to deliver masks to some of the at risk people they are visiting as they head around the area providing support, food deliveries and more (read that story here).

Remember that masks still need to be used and worn properly as part of a wider social distancing approach, and official advice should be followed at all times. These simple, personal fabric masks are not medical and will need to be used and washed after each use.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has offered guidance on wearing masks (below) and official government advice should also be followed.

We do hope that this small initiative can help out local people as well as being a fun and helpful thing to be doing at this time.

Please contact Liz if you can help by email: (liz@vanel.org.uk) or telephone: 01472 231123.