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Doing Your Bit for Homelessness – Here’s How You Can Help

“When we think of being homeless, we often think of the person sat on a street in sodden clothes asking for change. 

Or maybe, if you work in the city centre, like so many, these people have become all but invisible. Understanding the real scale of homelessness is difficult. Many people who become homeless simply don’t show up in official figures, these are often called the hidden homeless. These are people who may from week to week find temporary solutions, sofa surfing between friends, living in a squat or some other type of insecure accommodation.

Astonishingly Crisis research indicates that 63 per cent of single homeless people are hidden for some of, if not all the time they are homeless. Sleeping rough is the most common concept we have of being homeless, but you’d be wrong. The number of people sleeping rough in the UK in 2015 of 3,596 and whilst this is a massive increase since 2010 when it was 1,768, these numbers are tiny when compared to the hidden numbers or those who are in temporary accommodation which totals 73,120 households in Q2 of this year.”

Read the rest of this article by Cllr Andy Kinsey, designer and part of the Hyde Calendar team, on the Tameside Reporter website.

International Shipping for the Crafty Girls 2017

We’re happy to announce that you can now buy the Crafty Girls calendar pretty much anywhere in the world!

That’s right, via this very link, you can buy our amazing calendar & support an amazing organisation which helps homeless people right here in Tameside and the local area.

At this festive time of year, we know that homelessness is on the minds of many people and that money can be tight. So if you can’t spend £7.50 don’t worry, we have a donation page too – we’d also appreciate your support in sharing our wonderful calendar and the work of Infinity- the organisation all proceeds are going to.

Press Release – Launch of The Crafty Girls Calendar 2017

A group of Hyde Businesses have come together to raise money for local homeless organisation Infinity Initiatives (supporting Greystones) through a charity calendar.

The craft based businesses who collectively call themselves “The Crafty Girls” have stripped down to produce a calendar girls style naked calendar. A different business appears every month with ladies from the business posing along with strategically placed craft supplies, with photos shot on location at local business venues.

Karen Dorney, Owner of Paper Tulips has led the Crafty Girls partnership which is made up of 20 ladies. Speaking about the calendar she says, “We really wanted to do something to help Infinity Initiatives. The work that they do locally around homelessness and homeless prevention is extremely important and we thought it was key to not just raise money but to make a statement to highlight awareness of the work they do. The calendar was an idea we started just 4 weeks ago and has snowballed ever since.”

There are an estimated 1000 homeless children in Greater Manchester living in emergency accommodation right now according to one media report and last year the number of people sleeping rough rose by an estimated 50% across Greater Manchester. Talking about the work they do Gemma Clayton, Director of Infinity Initiatives says, “Sadly homelessness is a growing problem across the UK. Our work covers the practical side of providing shelter, food and clothing but also a lot of what we do is prevention, working with hard to reach families, providing debt advice, skills workshops and courses on independent living. So much if what we do is helping people to get their lives back on track and ensuring that this is sustainable.”

So far the Crafty Girls have raised £1,300 to cover the production of the calendar and this has largely been through the generosity of around 30 local business. The calendar goes on sale on the website, in Paper Tulips and in some local shops, costing £7.50 and the team have a target of £5000.

Speaking about the calendar project, Gemma Clayton added, “We cannot thank the Crafty Girls enough for putting together the calendar project. This support from local business is fantastic to see and I hope we can build on this positivity to provide opportunities for some of the people we work with. The money raised will enable us to keep helping local people and will go towards preventing people from ending up on our streets.”

The Crafty Girls calendar is available to buy now……………… all proceeds go to Infinity Initiatives homelessness projects.


The Crafty Girls are a group of craft businesses based in Hyde led by Paper Tulips. The organisations involved are – Paper Tulips, Buttons to Bootees, Smashing Glass Designs, Little Bollington Mosaic Art, Hearts and Crafts, Dianthus, Hamper Me Happy, Made With Love, Hearts and Unicycles, Emmalena Crafts, Dolly Decades, Chris’s Crafts, Lulabellas Magical Emporium, Kathryn’s Cards, Sue’s Craft Creations and Sarah Kinsey Piano Tuition.