Help us support lone parents and those challenged with mental health issues. We need to fund our workshop in the centre of Nottingham where since 2013 we engage people in designing and making t-shirts and other clothes, to develop their self-confidence and skills so that they can move on with their life.
We know that creativity helps mental health, as does social contact and structure in our lives. The Hope and Faith workshop is self funded and equipped with industrial sewing machines, overlockers, vinyl cutter and heatpress, and offers a safe space where those with or vulnerable to mental health issues can meet to work creatively together.
We make, print and sell t-shirts ,mugs and clothing and more but we need further funding to cover the running costs of our workshop so that we can support more individuals.
We are also working in schools on creative projects which support discussion of mental health issues. With one in four adults experiencing a mental health problem each year, and 75% of mental health issues starting before a child reaches their 18th birthday, we believe that early intervention and awareness of mental health from a young age is essential.
Hope and Faith was set up by Shavanna who has suffered from severe post-natal depression, PTSD and addiction. She has now trained in Fashion and works to help others experiencing the same difficulties. Here is her story.
A Little Bit of My Story
“I'm a single mother of 3 who has battled with depression from a young age. After a family split I moved with my mother from Birmingham to Nottingham. The move hit hard as it meant leaving my Dad and family in Birmingham. I travelled back to Birmingham on my own every weekend from the start of secondary school in the meantime, and as I made new friends it wasn’t as bad as it had been. I tried to adapt and change all that I was to fit in. Already hurting from things that had happened in my past, I reached out for my father's love. At 19 I was pregnant and lost a child conceived out of hurt and lust, not love - it wasn't a joyous occasion. The birth of my son was literally hell - due to clinical negligence, my son clavicle was fractured this made my entry into motherhood a trauma, and I plummeted into severe depression. It all got too much and through this I tried to take my own life - the doctors said I shouldn't have survived. I was saved by the grace of God literally.
With the support of my Mother’s love and Father striving for the best I went back to college to study Fashion, as I’d always loved to design. College was a battle within itself but H&F the brand was forming. I’ve combated the claws of addiction, and now recovered literally through Hope & Faith. When I couldn't believe in myself, my family did. They never gave up on me - they loved me through my unlovable darkness and their faith in me gave me hope.
I have found my passion in life - People and Fashion. I'm still here pushing through day by day. Depression isn't something you get over just like a cold - it's a battle backwards and forwards each time a little bit further.
Now as a Alterpuneur (Social Entrepreneur) I want to help others to strive for all that they can be . This is why I set up Hope & Faith (H&F) Ltd as a social enterprise to give a minimum of 10% back to help people who suffer with the same issues. My dream is to help people heal from life's traumas because 'Hurt people hurt people. Healed people heal people and pure intentions and kind words, love heals deep wounds '
Thank you for your time."