Looking ahead for the next 3 years

Thank you to all our graduates, supporters, volunteers and trustees who joined us last July to celebrate our 3rd birthday party and the launch of our plans for the next three years. It’s always inspiring to hear first hand from those we’ve worked with how doing one of our courses has enabled them to change their lives and live up to their full potential.

To coincide with our birthday we published a three year review celebrating all we’ve achieved, from our humble beginnings in our leaky-roofed office to our beautiful premises in St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch. It also includes a short section on our plans for the next three years from 2017 to 2020.

The review announces our newest initiative, Clothing for Change – a project being led by Bex Exell, a trained tailor who is also a graduate of both our NEXT and our Level 3 Accredited Practitioner programmes, and who’s been a valued member of our team since 2016. Bex designs and creates her own garments which she sells through our new Clothing for Change Etsy page. The project will skill up individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds in dressmaking and tailoring skills over six months and will include an accredited qualification in garment construction. Income generated will go towards the project which we aim to begin in early 2018.

Obviously none of this is possible without support from individuals. Our latest newsletter thanks one of our supporters whose generous donation enabled us to leverage a £7,000 grant from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, which will go towards our vital running costs. We also received a £1,000 grant from the St James’s Place Foundation in July.

A simple way to support us over the next month or so is with our Co-operative cause page. We are one the Co-op’s chosen local community causes which has so far raised £3,700.

To keep updated with our latest news you can subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Bob, Liz, Laura, Katie & Bex

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