Cosy cats thanks to Clyde Court knitters

Tenants of the development have been knitting blankets for their local Cats Protection Unit to donate to the cats who are awaiting adoption.

Tenants of the development have been knitting blankets for their local Cats Protection Unit to donate to the cats who are awaiting adoption.

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Feline’s across Arbroath and Carnoustie will be snug thanks to efforts by the tenants of Bield’s Clyde Court.

Fast knitting fingers of the residents of the very sheltered housing development in Arbroath have been hard at work to create blankets to donate to a local cat protection centre.

The Arbroath and Carnoustie Cats Protection Adoption Centre belongs to the national Cats Protection charity.

Tenants didn’t need much persuasion from volunteer Helen Calder to start a weekly knitting class in order to help the non-profit organisation.

So far, 12 blankets have been donated, ensuring the cats have been kept cosy whilst they await adoption. For those who are adopted, the blankets have been an aid in easing the transition from the centre to the cat’s new home.

The group knit their own individual squares which Helen then sews together to make a blanket. She said: “The class isn’t all about knitting; there is always a cup of tea and a biscuit, a slice of birthday cake if someone is celebrating that week and sometimes even a cheeky wee glass of wine.

“It’s great fun having tenants come to the class for a knit and natter and we very much hope to keep going with the project.”

The knitting class runs alongside Bield’s ‘Free to Be’ philosophy, which lets people make their own choices about how they live their lives while being there to support them when they need it.

Jeanette Semple, manager at Clyde Court, has seen the great benefits that the knitting class has had, recognising that the class is a great opportunity for tenants to socialise with others in the development. She added: “At Bield, we are constantly looking for ways that we can ensure tenants are living life to the full and so it is really great to see so many mixing and socialising whilst joining in with the knitting.