As founder of The Big Skill, and with my experience with other social enterprises and training schemes, my vision has always been to help others help themselves.
In rural communities it is all too easy to become isolated, both physically and mentally.
I work with Emma Bevan, events coordinator with The Big Skill, and our aim is to reach those on the outskirts of society, facilitate social and educational groups, where participants can share skills and stories, help each other learn, and where appropriate, gain qualifications and training.
We have seen the success of other projects, and we know that if we can continue the progress of our latest Textiles Enterprise, that the momentum will gather pace, and the great work and outcomes will be able to continue.
The groups we have been working with on our A4A funded project, are nearly ready to sustain this working group independently, and to lose what they have built would be a huge shame now. You can see the progress on our Facebook page!
A group of women who have found support from Newton Community Farm Centre, members of the public with interest in crafts (some of these with sight, hearing or mental health issues too), and a group of students from the National Star college, with complex and multiple learning difficulties, have found friendship, new skills, and a huge amount of confidence. They have learned alongside our tutors, and taught us a few things along the way. They are now able to start selling some of their upcycled and repaired clothing and accessories, which will help towards paying the rent for their craft group venue. Until that income is reliable, we need to help supply them with the space and the support to move towards full independence.
Please help these amazing women by supporting this fundraiser.