Change is coming

As with all things, sometimes change is needed.

This organisation has consumed so much of my time and energy over the last 7 years, it’s been like a second fulltime job. I’ve loved every minute of it, have made some great friends and have learned a lot of new crafting techniques. However, now it’s time to pursue the other things that I want to do in my life.

So there are some exciting new changes to tell you about.

I’ve decided to step down as a Board member and as the regional coordinator for the Wellington branch of Crafty Volunteers. This has resulted in discussions with the Board and the Wellington committee about what’s next – and we can now announce the decisions that have been made.

The sad news…

  • The Board has decided to wind up Crafty Volunteers of NZ Charitable Trust – due to the time involved in running a national organisation, it was decided it was better to let each region do what they do best, which is to provide for their local regions.
  • The name and branding of “Crafty Volunteers” will be retired, and the Charity Yarn Stash Facebook Group will be deactivated – we anticipate this will happen around the end of November.

And the good news…

  • The 2 largest regions (Bay of Plenty and Wellington) will continue to operate independently, pretty much as before, but each with a new name and branding – these changes will be introduced in the next few days/weeks. The separate Facebook groups operated in these regions will continue – with just the name changing in due course.
  • We are currently working with the smaller regions to support the active coordinators with setting up new Facebook groups if they wish to do this – and this information will be communicated to you all over the coming weeks.

Its still business as usual though

Just because Crafty Volunteers won’t be continuing, it doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for you to continue to craft for charity in your local area – and we absolutely encourage you to keep going, as every single item you make is extremely well received by the charity and the end recipient.

As mentioned, if our existing coordinators choose to create Facebook groups to continue the work they have been doing in their area, we will advise these on the Charity Yarn Stash group prior to it being deactivated at the end of November.

Lisa will still be continuing her amazing work in the BOP area, with the BOP Group being renamed very soon.

In Greater Wellington, I’ll be introducing you to a bunch of fabulous ladies who have stepped up to carry on the work that I was doing, and in time you’ll see a new name for the group.

I can’t see myself stopping crafting for charity – it’s the way I relax at the end of the day, and it brings me a great sense of accomplishment when I finish items. Knowing that the items that I make are given to random strangers via the charities that work with people in need, adds to the joy that comes with crafting. I know that many of you feel the same way.

Charity Yarn Stash Facebook Group

At the same time at this announcement has gone out, we have restricted access to this Facebook group, as we won’t be accepting any new members. Rather than closing it down now, we wanted to leave it open for existing group members to be able to access the various patterns and resources that are available there, and so we can communicate any updates from the various regions.

As mentioned above, it is intended that this group will be deactivated completely by the end of November.

We want to thank those that have been coordinators in various parts of the country and those who have helped with the admin and moderation of this group over the last three and a half years. And thanks to all of the many crafters around New Zealand who have shared their beautiful creations and comments in this forum. I know that there have been many wonderful friendships and connections made.

If you want to contact us:

If you would like to contact either Lisa or I regarding these announcements, please feel free to email either or both of us.

maggie@craftyvolunteers.org.nz – or – lisa.stirling@craftyvolunteers.org.nz

Keep up the amazing crafting work that you all do – and keep safe.

Yours – with love, compassion and hope


Maggie