quilts for care leavers - quilty hugs


This project has a simple purpose, that of providing a ‘quilted hug’ to care leavers aged between 16 and 25 who are living independently after their time in the local authority care system has come to an end.

We all like to think that we’ll be with our family and friends at Christmas. Some of us, through no fault of our own are simply not that lucky. In 2013, poet Lemn Sissay MBE, founded The Christmas Dinner, specifically to be held for young people leaving the care system who would otherwise be alone on that day.

Our project was set up in 2018 and we offered ‘quilted hugs’ to guests at Christmas Day dinner events set up under the auspices of the now ‘Gold From The Stone Foundation’. Their special size is so that it provides the hug that Lemn said he missed when he moved into residential care at the age of 12.

We try our best to gift the quilts to the areas in which they are made. We have dedicated groups in Scotland and Northern Ireland to keep them there and are hopeful of a group in Wales soon.

Quilts for Care Leavers is currently making an application for charitable status.

Can you help?

Will you make quilt blocks, tops or whole quilts? Can you donate fabric, or make morsbags?

If you’re not a stitcher, you can still help by donating so the project can buy much needed supplies.