University campus to receive a yarn bomb makeover as part of student campaign

This week, the campus will be transformed into a woolly winter wonderland as part of a month dedicated to celebrating the opportunities available to its students.

To raise awareness of a range of opportunities that students can get involved with on its close-knit campus including sports, volunteering, mentoring and ways to boost their career prospects, the University will be ‘yarn bombed’ from 21 – 25 November as part of ‘Make the Most of You Month’.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

Bollards, railings and trees will be coated in brightly coloured knitted jumpers, blankets and pom-poms which have been created and donated by staff, students and members of the community.

The project has included numerous social knitting sessions on campus and some of the wool used was kindly supplied by KnitOne knitting shop on Queens Road.

The University is also working with Learning for the Fourth Age, a multi award winning charity based in Leicester which provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care. Student volunteers will be visiting four local care homes to carry out knitting related activities and help decorate the homes with Christmas decorations.

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