We are so very excited to announce Social Fabric, a brand new project which aims to reduce social isolation and boost wellbeing by bringing together wonderful humans who love sewing and want to use their skills for good!
We will be holding fortnightly meetups and working together to make upcycled textile items for local causes and charities. The projects we work on will be decided collectively by the group, but might include anything from syringe bags for local hospitals, to banners for campaigns that are close to our makers’ hearts. The first project to start us off is making toiletry bags for people entering emergency accommodation via the Booth Centre.
This project is aimed at adults facing mental health challenges or social isolation and is open to anyone aged 18+ who feels that they would benefit. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn and share new skills and get to know peers in your community with common interests and who face similar issues.
Everything will be made with secondhand fabrics, donated by businesses and individuals who care about reducing waste.
Items will be made using various techniques, including hand and machine sewing. No particular level of sewing experience is required, as we will share skills between us as a group – all you need is an interest in sewing and textiles.
The project will start on Tuesday 25th of May. We will be meeting fortnightly on Tuesdays 1pm – 3:30pm at our popup space in Stretford Mall, with an online option for those who prefer.
Sessions will be covid secure, with everyone (unless exempt) wearing masks and maintaining social distance at all times. Numbers will be limited to six initially, increasing as national guidelines allow.
You don’t have to attend every single session – once you have completed the application form, we will send you an online sign-up sheet so you can book in to your preferred sessions.
The project has been made possible by funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.