Helping to bring more exciting ideas to life

Here’s a quick overview of some of the latest projects that YouCan are helping to fund. Amy Charles from Wolverhampton came to us with a plan to hold a weekly upcycling workshop at Gatis Street gardener’s community centre in Whitmore Reans. Her aim is to teach children aged 12 and over to refashion their clothes with an emphasis on ethical consumerism and sustainability.  The £300 grant from YouCan will help to buy sewing supplies, second hand clothes, fabric and body forms or mannequins. Amy also plans to use the grant to pay towards stationery and printing, hire cost of the premises and advertising. Daniel Daly from the Family Pathway Centre, HMP Oakwood, plans to set up a project for prisoners and their families to design, create and build mosaic artwork to be displayed at the centre. ‘Family’ will be the theme of the artwork and the aim is to promote and build positive family ties. Money from the grant will be used to purchase MDF boards, tiles, and grout to help get the project off the ground. Laura Hill from Leamington Spa got in touch when she was looking for help to set up Safemates. Safemates' vision is to eliminate loneliness and social exclusion in isolated groups and they want to make a positive difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and autism by offering a high quality, safe relationships service in Coventry and Warwickshire. Laura says: “The idea is to encourage people with a learning disability to be more independent and to have choice and control over their lives. Safemates will be an affordable members-only service, offering local fun and educational activities that vulnerable groups can access.” The grant will go towards [...]