OLM: a close-knit school community

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OUR Lady of the Mission primary school have knitting all stitched up, thanks to a collaboration with Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire (VAER).

Pupils have been learning the ropes from older volunteers from Kirkton Services as part of the ongoing Knitting Mania project, aimed at building relationships between schools and the wider community.

The children created a range of colourful handmade teddies with help from their seasoned teachers, joining St Joseph’s primary, who reached their knitting goal earlier in the year in a project with Hawthorn Court.

Harry Balch, volunteer development worker for VAER, explained: “The project provides a fantastic opportunity for the younger generation to learn valuable life skills from our older volunteers.

“The level of demand at Our Lady of the Mission allowed us to team up with older volunteers at Kirkton Services to run knitting sessions for 12 pupils – the students were fantastic, and clearly delighted with their teddies at the end of the project”.