As well as running our public programme of workshops and events at Stitched Up HQ in Chorlton, we travel across Manchester to deliver fashion, sewing and wellbeing activities for organisations supporting young people and vulnerable adults.

Since the lockdown we’ve been unable to run any of these sessions, and we’ve been missing our groups A LOT!

We’re proud to work with some truly incredible Manchester organisations, so we thought it’d be good to share with you the amazing work they do in this city and the projects we work on together.

Revive

Since it’s Refugee Week, we had to introduce one of our newest partners, Revive.

Revive Action Group

What They Do

Revive is a small but mighty community project that provides holistic support to refugees and people seeking asylum across Greater Manchester.

Their services include a free advice drop-in providing advice and support accessing services and benefits, a volunteering programme, employability courses including IT, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses, support including home visits and emergency provisions including food and clothing, as well as regular group meetups including a Refugee Young Adults Social Club, Allotment Club (who have created the most amazing, bountiful allotment which has to be seen to be believed) and a Women’s Group.

Revive's allotment
The incredible Revive allotment
Revive Women’s Group

Needless to say, this is an extremely difficult time for people seeking asylum. While their face-to-face meetings are currently on hold, Revive are continuing to offer crucial support through the lockdown and have quickly found ways to do this via phone or Zoom calls.

Our project

We are proud to be working alongside Revive’s Women’s Group, which has been run for over ten years by a dedicated team of volunteers – some of whom have been there since the beginning! The group meets weekly, providing a safe space for women who are seeking asylum or have refugee status to socialise and support one another.

We’re working with the group on an upcycling project, turning unwanted textiles into upcycled clothing and homewares that can be sold to raise funds to continue this brilliant group.

So far the group has learned or improved their sewing skills (some members are already incredibly skilled sewists and have been sharing their own skills with the group too) and made beautiful items including needle books, pin cushions, cushion covers and pencil cases. The group’s post-lockdown plans include sewing garments, which we’re really looking forward to. We’ll update you with photos of everyone’s creations as soon as we can resume the project.

Support their work

Revive are currently asking for donations of laptops (in good working order, obvs) so they can give them out to their service users. If you have one you can donate, email info@revive-uk.org.

If you want to support them you can volunteer your time, join their campaigning events, fundraise, or make a donation.

We’ll be sharing more about how you can purchase upcycled items made by the Women’s Group as soon as we get there.

You can also give Revive a follow on Twitter and Facebook.