CHARITY makers who create beautiful pieces to raise money have welcomed new members in Southwick.
The Goodwill Co-op creates handmade gifts for Emmaus Brighton and Hove and has been meeting once a week at the main Portslade base.
Now that the Emmaus by the Sea satellite shop in Station Road, Southwick, is successfully up and running, the Co-op plans to move the meetings there once a month.
The first session last Tuesday attracted several new members but more help is still sought.
Retail manager Andy Hobbs said: “The whole idea is that it is really informal and it is something that everyone can contribute to.
“You become a member of the Co-op whether you have made something at home, made a donation of wool or fabric, or come to the meetings.
“There is a lot of skill sharing, which is really important. Many people have lost these traditional skills but there has been a resurgence and a lot of young people want to tap into the wealth of experience that our group has.
“It also fits in really well with our ethos of reusing, recycling and repurposing.”
Dianne Bench from Upper Beeding has been volunteering for Emmaus for five years.
She said: “Most people knit, some sew and others crochet. We make bags, jumpers, hats, cushions and scarves.
“It is a bit of a social group as well and we use the stuff donated to the charity to make things.
“People don’t have to stay and make things, they can collect materials and take it away. We are usually busy sorting and pricing up what has been made, so we take things home to make.”
She said she enjoyed making things and always had something on the go.
“If you are not going to sell it, what do you do with it? You might as well make it for charity,” she added.
Sandry Levy from Lancing has been volunteering for 14 years. She said: “The whole idea is to recycle and be recycled again.”
The Goodwill Co-op would appreciate donations of fabric, especially modern, bright prints, and wool in reasonable quantities. Small pieces of fabric can be used for patchwork and brooches.
The group meet every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. One session a month will be in Southwick, with the next one on February 24.