Make ragger toys for our puppies and dogs or use your handicraft skills to fashion cheerful bunting from scrap material, for events and for sale. You may even wish to make a deaf-friendly face mask. Check out what Stella, Sarah and Carol have been up to below for inspiration!
Did you know that when our 8 week old puppies go off to their new homes to be trained by a volunteer puppy trainer, they take a suitcase (poetic licence, it's a nice box!) with them with everything they need to get started like a lead, a whistle, toys and things to chew on.
Inside each 'suitcase' is also a lovingly made ragger. Our puppies love them! Miniature Poodle puppy Nancy - pictured on the far right - would just like to say that they need to be made to a high standard, with clean new fleece material please.
If you would like to make one or some for future Hearing Dogs puppies to play with, the tutorial below will show you how to make the type of raggers our pups like best.
Making bunting is another fabulous thing to do as a microvolunteer!
We usually look for 5 metre lengths of bunting, with whatever flag size and fabric you have to hand but don't let us curtail your creativity! One of our volunteers recommended that using clean bedlinen is a cost effective way of recycling or buying big pieces of lovely fabric.
Stella Hewett, pictured, made her wonderfully cheery bunting during lockdown in 2020 whilst she waited to be placed with her hearing dog Josie. She said it was a worthwhile way to pass the time, and is delighted that her colourful bunting will either be used decoratively or sold to help fundraise at events.
DIY Deaf-Friendly Face Masks
There are a number of things you can do to make life a bit easier for people who lipread, one of which is to wear an accessible, deaf-friendly face mask with a ‘window’ over the mouth area. These aren’t as widely available as other types of face masks, but some independent providers do sell them.
Luckily for us, volunteer Carol Norley kindly took on the project of developing and testing a pattern during the first lockdown. We are delighted to share this, along with her how-to guide to making your own deaf-friendly face mask. Follow the link below to find everything you need to make one yourself!
“I enjoyed making the raggers and hearing dog Albert did a great job of supervision until he dozed off! The felt was easy to find, not too expensive and then I only needed a pen, ruler and scissors. I would highly recommend this microvolunteering activity to anyone who likes crafty things to do!” Sarah Bond
Let us know what you've been up to!
Every bit of microvolunteering helps deaf people leave loneliness behind and reconnect with life, so do shout about what you've been doing on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and get our attention @hearingdogs and @volteamhdogs.
You can download, print or share this certificate. Take a selfie or post a photo. Whatever way you want to tell or show us how you've microvolunteered is a good way!
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