Bringing the community together to learn new skills

Amy Charles from Wolverhampton came to us with a plan to hold a weekly upcycling workshop at Gatis Community Space in Whitmore Reans. Her aim was to teach children aged 12 and over to refashion their clothes with an emphasis on ethical consumerism and sustainability. The £300 grant from YouCan was used to help buy sewing supplies, second hand clothes, fabric and body forms or mannequins. Amy also planned to use the grant to pay towards stationery and printing, hire cost of the premises and advertising. When we caught up with Amy we discovered that her initial plans had changed slightly: “The upcycling workshop has mutated into a craft workshop which, if you think about it, is a sort of upcycling,” she told us. “The reason for the change in direction came about after doing some taster sessions in our on-site cafe to find out people were interested in.” Amy went on to say: “I have spent the grant on yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing supplies, fabric and clothes for upcycling. I have tried to buy second hand where possible as I want to promote ethical consumerism to get people thinking about buying less, choosing well and doing it yourself. We were also lucky enough to have two knitting machines donated to us.” Open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm, the community centre is becoming a hub of activity for the children and adults in the local area since reopening. Amy says: “Gatis Community Space is the only community centre in the area and locals have fond memories of it so it’s great to see lots of people getting involved in these activities and using the place again.” It certainly looks like the £300 YouCan grant is helping the community [...]

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Double YouCan success for triathlon champion

Will has set up a couple of community projects with the help of two YouCan grants after first raising money for the foundation himself! A floating support worker in Buckinghamshire, Will works with customers who have mental health issues and learning disabilities and wanted to help those who live in social isolation. He said: “I didn’t just want to apply without having helped the cause. I came up with the idea of a triathlon and a team of ten colleagues got involved in swimming, running, walking and cycling. I am thrilled that we raised the highest amount ever achieved by colleagues for YouCan – a total of £750.” Having done ‘his bit’, Will was successful in gaining two grants for £600 which has enabled him to create two community meetings – one monthly and one fortnightly - specifically focussed on preventing social isolation. “The area I cover is quite rural with spread out villages so it can make socialising more tricky. I am pleased that the group that come along are really enjoying a couple of hours together. Having two groups means that we can offer a more fun, social group as well as a more informative one.” Customers attending the Aylesbury group have got involved in board games and arts and crafts and have got on so well that they arranged a night of bowling together (paid for by themselves) and want to incorporate this into future get-togethers. Adult learning has got involved in the more informative group which runs in Wycombe and is looking to offer a variety of sessions including ‘art for expression’, budgeting, cooking on a budget, stress management and confidence courses. Will concluded: “It’s great as people are now interacting [...]

By |2015-05-20T14:57:50+00:00May 20th, 2015|Successful Applicants|0 Comments