Age UK South Staffordshire, Age UK Burton and Age UK North Staffordshire have merged to create a single new charity for older people in Staffordshire. The charity became operational on 1st October 2018 and is called Age UK Staffordshire.
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The Big Knit is back for 2018 and it's going to be the biggest one yet. This year Age UK national is aiming for 2 million hats and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months.

Last year in North Staffordshire we knitted an incredible 25,000 hats - this year we want to smash that record and have a new target of 35,000. We can't do it without your help and we will be grateful for each and every hat knitted!

How you can get involved

Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. You’ll also be part of the huge knitting team helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.

Download the pack

1. Be prepared.

Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting! Follow this link to see the Big Knit patterns  

2. Send us your hats

Package up your lovely hats and get them to us throughout the year to help reach the bumper target. You can also drop off your works of art at our Longton shop. Click here to find out how to get to us.

Please send your hats to us at:

Age UK Staffordshire The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5DD. 

3. Sharing is caring

Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures of them online using #BigKnit

What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in early 2019.

How the Big Knit helps older people

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. With over a decade of support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm and well in winter through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.

The Big Knit is a great way to bring people and communities together. Knitting groups have been held up and down the country for people to get involved, share patterns and have a cup of tea or two!

‘The Big Knit campaign couldn't happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year.’ - Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent