Stitchlinks is pioneering an exciting approach to healthcare which could have global implications and a massive, positive impact on wellbeing.

We are at the core of groundbreaking research, and a movement which utilises crafts, in particular knitting, to improve wellbeing. Stitchlinks is the central hub of this innovative work where you'll find a direct link to the researchers and accurate, up-to-date information.

Our mission is to use knitting and other activities to improve wellbeing generally, but also to complement medical treatments in the self-management of long-term illness. We are working closely with academics and clinicians, and as a direct result, therapeutic knitting and therapeutic knitting groups are being formally acknowledged by leading clinicians and academics for their benefits in mainstream healthcare.

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This is just the beginning. Low-cost activity groups could not only revolutionise our individual lives but healthcare systems worldwide as they provide an affordable means of long-term support, motivation and monitoring.

Certain activities, though, are more complete and special than others in the benefits they bring.

Our focus is on the use of therapeutic knitting as a healthcare tool – unravelling the neuroscience behind the bilateral, rhythmic, automatic movements and the complex combination of physiological, psychological, behavioural, social and creative benefits experienced.

Stitchlinks also provides the basic ingredients to support individuals in managing change through life's normal ups and downs and long-term health issues, to improve health, wellbeing and outlook on life, whatever the initial circumstance. Discover ongoing support, information and a community of friends who understand and care.

We also have a section for clinicians who are planning to use therapeutic knitting either in group settings or with individual patients. We have been successfully using knitting therapeutically in the NHS since 2006, so have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.

We're actively working on developing a global network of therapeutic knitting groups which will be based in hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, the workplace and schools with the largest groups based in community settings. These will be run by leaders with a knowledge of therapeutic knitting and knitting therapists and will have a direct link to our research.

We all need to find balance and enjoyment in life, to feel in control and valued.

Stitchlinks can help you achieve this.