Past Events

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The members in Peterborough Diocese are all taking part in the campaign for the 16 days from November 25th – December 10th. Some branches have held vigils, some have had services using the resources from Mary Sumner House or prayer meetings and some have had displays in their churches to raise awareness.

The picture shows the prayers written by Kingsthorpe branch for women and girls around the world who are abused in any way, which were then placed on the map.

Barbara Haynes, Diocesan President.


Grapevine Spring 2018

Click here to read Grapevine Spring 2018 – you will need software capable of reading PDFs


Inspired Folder, Updated November 2017

“Inspired” is a folder that is constantly reviewed and adjusted. We are pleased to share this update.

We hope you will adopt one or more of the ideas from the folder in your branch or deanery. Each page can be downloaded separately from the website.

Take a look at what is needed in your parish or community and see how Mothers’ Union could reach out.

Discuss with your members before you start on a project. Answer some simple questions. Are you able to meet the need? (time, members, funds). How will people know it is a Mothers’ Union project?

If the project is running in another branch, get in touch about the project.

Lastly, let the Action and Outreach Unit committee members know what you are doing, so that we can add it to the folder and share it with others through our website, not just in our own diocese, but with other dioceses and with Mary Sumner House.

Click here to view or download the document.

News Resources

Activity Quilts for Adults

Screenshot 2014-04-28 16.10.06When a person has dementia they may become very bewildered about their environment and often become agitated and begin plucking at their clothing. These quilts enable them to be distracted and provide a constructive activity.

The aim is to maintain finger skills with buttons, zips, ribbons and Velcro and provide stimulation and conversation topics.

The quilt must be firmly sewn to enable frequent washing.

Finished size approx 22″ x 22″ (56cm x 56cm)


  • 1 fat quarter – these are squares of fabric available from shops which sell patchwork items and are usually good quality cotton fabric
  • 1 fat quarter of fleece
  • Themed blocks 6 – 8
  • Themed decorations to include zip, button, Velcro, cord, ribbon, etc


  1. Attach the fat quarter to the fleece and stitch together firmly in a 2″ (25mm) square grid
  2. Add themed blocks. These should be reversible with tabs on bottom. They should be attached along the top edge of each themed block only
  3. Provide a tactile panel. This can be chenille or textured fabric or washable, crinkly material between layers, eg, foil lined crisp packet
  4. Add a block about 8″ square with a zip in the middle and sewn all around thus making a pocket
  5. Velcro can be attached to lower edge of tabs
  6. Add ribbons/cords. They can be incorporated by affixing very firmly to either the background fabric or a themed block, eg, tails on dog fabric, maximum length 5″
  7. Bind finished mat with double binding and ensure all stitching is secure

These quilts can be donated to hospitals and care homes where they can be used to help those suffering from dementia and also people recovering from a stroke.

Those living with and caring for those with dementia would need to check that this resource and any items sewn on/attached to it were safe to offer to someone living with dementia.