A grassroots NHS campaign. Not affiliated to any of the political parties.
100% run by volunteers passionate about saving our NHS.
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.
We want to hear how the Covid situation and LOCKDOWN affected your local area. With a local group you can create a unique piece of social history together.
Get in touch with Steve or Chrissie us if you are interested in finding out more about being part of PATCHWORK.
This winter you and friends could be part of something unique.
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 2020 the Year of Covid . The thoughts and experiences of people around the country. And what is abundantly clear - the need for a truly public service 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 we have been meeting with individuals and groups and the ideas are flowing. And it's NOT just about sewing!
We are positively challenging the image of quiltmaking and widening our network of people who care about their communities and the NHS & Social Care.
We want to work with quiltmakers from as many diverse backgrounds as possible.
We want to work with Black Asian & Minority Ethnic quilters, those living with physical and mental ability challenges, LGBTQ quilters.
And we are looking for more MEN who have an interest in textiles and may not even know they can quilt!
2020 has been an extraordinary year. We all have stories to tell.
We want to commemorate and record the thoughts and experiences of people around the country.
We want as many diverse voices as possible.
The project is open to all. Our society is a rich complex fabric 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 of the world around us.
To reach out to people who may not feel they have a voice.
And make bold statements.
You can create a single patchwork towards the national quilt.
Or your freinds/community group can create its own quilt focusing on the stories of your local town and communties. We can help with ideas and technical support.
We also have a small budget for the basic materials to start you off.
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.
Designing and Making: October 2020 - end of April 2021
Local exhibitions: May/June 2021
National Event: Bringing all the quilts together for the July 5th NHS Anniversary
Other Events : The Quilts will be available for exhibition and public events throughout 2021 and beyond
If you think QUILTS are just for seniors sewing squares in a church hall - think again! Trade Union banners, protest quilts in Latin America, the AIDS quilts... we are following in the inspirational tradition of quilting as a means of recording important historical events.
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 are keen to repeat what we have always stood by - we are attached to ANY of the political parties. Our hearts are focused on saving the NHS from private company control and that is going to need people from all sides 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. That's what we have always been about.
We have had a wonderful start to the project with regular online meetings and people coming together to discuss creative ways of expressing difficult subjects.
We use online tools and everyone is welcome to contribute in ways they feel comfortable. There is no pressure to chat it's ok to listen.
We have teams and individuals around the country and we would love more!
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.
Contact Steve or Chrissie to find out more, we'd love to hear from you.
EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT
YOU CAN HELP US TOO
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.