Rainham Foodbank Sewing Project

Rainham Foodbank Sewing Project

Sewing Project: Our aim is to raise the confidence of foodbank users by providing them with access to a skill which could lead to employment

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On 19th Jan 2018 we successfully raised £50 with 2 supporters in 56 days

Sewing Project: Our aim is to raise the confidence of foodbank users by providing them with access to a skill which could lead to employment. We have learnt that providing food for families in crisis can never be the final solution. Rainham foodbank is about more than food.  We support large numbers of single mothers in our community, many of whom have not worked for many years while they raised their children. We have found that what they want is our support to help them get back to work to help to improve the lives of their families. Key living costs such as housing and energy have risen, leading to increasingly squeezed food budgets in many low-income households.

 Whether they are beginners who have never used a sewing machine before, or an intermediate sewers who have tried their hand at  sewing  and want to improve and further their sewing skills, our sewing club offers a selection of sewing classes suitable for different abilities and preferences. Whatever their level and whatever they wish to learn. The primary outcomes of our Sewing Project are as follow;

1) Building foodbank users confidence to return to employment or to become self-employed.

2) To equip participants with the relevant skills to make clothing. We will be covering how to take accurate body measurements. We will discuss and learn to identify suitable fabrics for individual projects and learn how to prepare and cut out fabric. We will develop sewing machine skills from how to set up and operate a sewing machine, through to finishing a garment using the appropriate techniques.

3) Participants will learn how to sew clothes that fit. Suitable from beginners to experienced sewers starting with the basics and cover taking measurements and adjusting a pattern, to choosing and cutting fabric. Develop sewing skills to include professional finishing techniques and interpret a sewing pattern to complete a garment. Ultimately to gain a level of professionalism to make the participant employable or able to start their own business.

Help us to provide better life prospects for 80 disadvantaged families in Dagenham and Rainham during 2018 and 2019.

Charity Registration 115 5807


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