Monday at Eight ladies knit unique Twiddlemuffs for dementia patients

A CARING ladies’ group took on a challenge to knit 34 unusual and complicated activity muffs to help people living with dementia.

The Monday at Eight ladies’ group in Uppermill knitted and crocheted the ‘Twiddlemuffs’ after hearing about their benefits for dementia patients.

Their multi-coloured creations will be donated to the Dementia Wing of Avonleigh Gardens, the Methodist Residential Home in Oldham.

p30 UMC Monday at 8 Twiddle Muffs
KIND-HEARTED: The group knitted the Twiddlemuffs

A Twiddlemuff promotes activity and reduces agitation by providing a person with something soft and safe to manipulate.

They provide comfort, warmth and an opportunity to promote sensory stimulation and are ideal for people with dementia who can often sit for long periods of time with little to stimulate their senses.

The Monday at Eight ladies used wool, yarn and embroidery silks donated through Uppermill Methodist Church and spent the winter months on the project.

Jean Wales, a Monday at Eight member, commented: “The challenge to knit thirty of these curious Twiddlemuffs looked very achievable on paper.

“In reality it was a quite a challenge, because although you can see a lot of different patterns and textures on the outside, there is the same sort of thing on the inside of the muff.”

Sylvia White, Monday at Eight secretary, added: “We have learnt a lot working alongside Avonleigh Gardens and local Dementia Friends Champion, Helen Morris.

“We are delighted to know that members of Monday at Eight have enriched the lives of so many local people.”

Monday at Eight is an open and welcoming group that meets on Mondays at the Uppermill Methodist Centre from 8pm-10pm. For more information visit their website or email


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