The project has two components, we teach and discuss the importance of recycling, the financial benefits as well as the environmental advantages and the social ethics related to food waste. Participants get involved in group discussions, presentations and general tips on how to store and shop for food more wisely. We have also taken the local residents to visit the recycling centre to give them further insight into what happens to waste that is collected and to give them encouragement to recycle more household items and to dispose of them in a safe manner. The second component of our project is the repair and renew aspect which concentrates on items of clothing that people can no longer use due to damage or need of improving. Our sewing tutor helps them to make further use of these by mentoring them whilst they learn new skills on the electronic sewing machines.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project appeals to people across the community, we have people from various backgrounds who attend to improve the way they spend on food and to cut down on wastage. The interactive sessions help them to engage with other people and develop their communication skills. Some have taken a great interest in the sewing in the hope that their new skills will open doors to employment for them.
Steps to get it done:
Our project has been very successful and we have worked with 44 different individuals throughout the course however we have been restricted to how far we can spread our services due to lack of resources. Our funding has now come to an end and therefore our classes have put on hold until further notice.
About the space
The E1 area is deeply diverse and multicultural area which borders the City of London as a stark reminder of the widening gap between the middle class and the local families residing on the council estates in Tower Hamlets. Most of the local people are working towards learning new skills and finding routes into the working world.
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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