Yarn bombing to raise campaign awareness

A popular open space was bombed on Tuesday morning – but all to raise awareness of an important issue around vulnerable adults.

Residents, businesses and visitors to Northumberland Square, in North Shields, were greeted with the sight of hundreds of unusual socks and gloves.

'Yarn Bombing' in Northumberland Square, North Shields.' Some of the Adult Social Care staff who supported the event.'Picture by Jane Coltman

'Yarn Bombing' in Northumberland Square, North Shields.' Some of the Adult Social Care staff who supported the event.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The woolly items were found hanging on trees, bus stops and fences after a ‘Yarn Bombing’ carried out by North Tyneside Council.

It was all part of the authority’s SAFE (Safeguarding Adults for Everyone) campaign this week which aims to help raise awareness of the abuse and harm that can be suffered by vulnerable adults at risk.

More than 250 pairs of decorated socks and gloves were hung up, each pair being unique in that it had been embellished by older and vulnerable people to represent their feelings “A Day In My Shoes” and “Give A Helping Hand”.

Coun Lesley Spillard, cabinet member for public health, said: “I was delighted to be part of the event at Northumberland Square – it’s a different way to raise awareness about a very important issue.

'Yarn Bombing' in Northumberland Square, North Shields.'Mary Young, Irene Sweeney and Janet Crosby from Collingwood Care Home hang their socks on the gate to Northumberland Square.'Picture by Jane Coltman

'Yarn Bombing' in Northumberland Square, North Shields.'Mary Young, Irene Sweeney and Janet Crosby from Collingwood Care Home hang their socks on the gate to Northumberland Square.'Picture by Jane Coltman

“The message is clear; safeguarding vulnerable adults is everyone’s business and if you see something that concerns you, speak to someone and report it.”

As part of SAFE week – November 1 to 6 – activities, including competitions and coffee mornings, have been held in borough schools, care homes and council offices.

• To view a video of the ‘Yarn Bombing’, visit www.newsguardian.co.uk/videos