SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
We run workshops within the local community – at cafés, libraries or village centres, for example. They are a great way to help individuals meet new people and make new connections. We can also deliver our workshops in schools, colleges and businesses for a fee to support our charity.
Many organisations work with the people we seek to support – those facing social exclusion through mental health issues, long term unemployment, other health issues, poverty, experience of abuse, or those who don’t have access to appropriate housing.
Partnering with organisations such as The Red Hen project, Turtle Dove, Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre and the Phoenix Trust is a key part of our work. Together we build either a one-off or series of workshops to cater for the individuals they support. In the past we have made personalised aprons, taught upcycling and mending techniques, and made Christmas decorations. If you are an organisation interested in collaborating, please get in touch.
WE'VE WORKED WITH
Red Hen Project
Sew Positive ran a taster workshop for families, demonstrating the link between sewing and mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Homerton College, University of Cambridge
For this student and alumni wellbeing session, we ran a hand sewing masterclass as well as talking about the benefits that volunteering brings to mental health.
Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre (CWRC)
We have run several courses with CWRC, including Material Things, Stitching Our Planet Together and Sewcialise, all part of a National Lottery Community Fund Project. Participants said this course had given them the confidence to use creativity and sewing to support their mental health.
Together we made personalised aprons for a new baking social enterprise. Recycled and donated fabrics were used, with customised pockets that co-workers chose – promoting inclusion, working together, teamwork and community skills.
We welcome donations of materials and sewing equipment (please get in touch if you have anything to give), as well as financial help. All donations make a real difference and help us to deliver more to those who benefit from our support. They also mean that all our services are free for those who attend. We are a small charity and every donation makes an impact.CLICK HERE TO MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION