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Twiddles for Selwyn Village!

Some of you may have seen in our most recent edition of Mind Matters our call out for twiddles - knitted blankets or tubes with beads, buttons, toys, ribbons or other trimmings attached to them. They provide a warm and calming distraction for busy or agitated hands. One of our amazing volunteers, Carol, has been making some of her very own twiddles for Dementia Auckland clients to try, and asked for others to join the twiddle team. The response has been outstanding, and we were thrilled to deliver our first batch of twiddles to Selwyn Village recently. 

Says Carol, "I am very pleased that we started our twiddles journey at Lavender Cottage. It was so good to get some positive feedback, encouragement and ideas for what day respite centres need." 

Twiddles, in various forms, are being used with great success by people living with dementia all over the world. Donated by keen knitters for the use of those with dementia, either in their home or in care facilities, twiddles are not yet widely used in New Zealand, however we believe they could be a beneficial tool.

We would love to donate more to Selwyn Village and other care facilities, so would love any knitters (expert or beginner) to donate some. Carol has patterns available, or you can creatively come up with your own. Alternatively, we would love to receive donations of the following:

  • Large bright buttons and trinkets that can safely and firmly be sewn onto our Twiddles 
  • Double knitting wool of any kind
  • Really soft small soft toys
  • Medium sized soft toys that are extremely soft, flexible and fluffy

For more information, or to help, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.