Grassroots - No party games
100% run by passionate volunteers
Fighting to Save our NHS from profiteers
This Spring/Summer 2021 join us and be part of making a difference.
999 Call for the NHS would like to invite you to join us in our creative campaign project - following in the tradition of quilting as a means of recording social history in textile documents that will survive for future generations.
We want to commemorate and record the Year of Covid . The thoughts and experiences of people around the country. And what is abundantly clear - the need for a truly NATIONAL public health system that is publicly funded, managed and owned with the people as its priority, not profit.
We are excited and proud to be running this project. Since September 2020 we have been meeting with individuals and groups and the ideas are flowing. And it's NOT just about sewing!
**Right now we need some help designing and building stands to hang the quilts on. If you know woodworkers/metalworkers who would be interested in helping please get in touch.
We want as many diverse voices as possible.
The project is open to all. All ages. All backgrounds. And all levels of skill.
The fabric of our society is rich & complex and we want this project to positively reflect this.
We want to bring people together both locally and nationally. To talk. To create.
To gain new understanding and to reach out to people who may not feel they have a voice.
Quilt themes might include: Family loss, NHS Staff, care homes, fear of the virus, children, the elderly, job losses, social distance and isolation, the confusion of testing, politicians, mutual aid groups, discovering new communities, new hobbies... the ideas will come through team discussions.
Helping to design is as important as making.
Painting on fabric.
Interviews with family, friends and communities.
Helping to work out technical problems.
Building frames to support the quilts for public display.
It really is not just about needle and thread.
We'll be adding more links as we develop the quilt project.
These are just a few to challenge your perception of a very old craft.
It's inevitable given these troubled times that we are being asked "is this a political project?"
We repeat what we have always stood by since our beginnings - we are NOT attached to ANY of the political parties. But we are certainly political and not ashamed to be so.
Our hearts are focused on saving the NHS from private company control and that is going to need people from all sides of the political spectrum to come together and see sense - not party ideology.
We will work with people who share our passion and vision.
BUT... Making comment on our lives is POLITICAL. And people having a fair say in how the country is run is POLITICAL. The NHS was and still is one of the greatest POLITICAL visions this country has ever produced. It began in politics and it is only politics driven by people who care that can save it.
That's what we have always been about. We are people who care and we know we are not alone.
We have teams and individuals around the country and we would love more!
It's been a wonderful winter meeting new people and talking.
When we come together to exhibit in 2021 we want to make a real impact with the variety of visual voices patched together in the quilts.
There are two ways you can participate.
1. INDIVIDUAL - create a square or rectangle piece to the national and regional quilts. You can join others in online creative chats and explore ideas together. Pieces can be sent to us and we will organise putting the pieces together.
2. GROUPS - a wonderful way to stay connected with friends and members of your community.
Use the form below to get involved.
We look forward to meeting you.
CAN YOU HELP US
WITH A SMALL DONATION?
Just a few pounds can help those who don't have access or can't afford the basic materials to get started.
We are welcoming people from all backgrounds and we want to make sure that those that need support are able to get it.
If you can spare £5/£10 to help a person take part in this project please use the DONATE button.
Any contribution will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.