We will turn a disused off-license shop to a lively arts and cultural training and trading space, attracting businesses and traffic to a scantily used shopping centre of a housing estate, while connecting people with each other and opportunities. The shop will be renovated and equipped with industrial tailoring tools for community training and business, thereby changing a depressing shop unit into a training and trading one. More people will use the space for better life chances, increasing the use of our shopping area for more hours each day, further reducing isolation by increasing participation and involvement. The premises once renovated and equipped, will become a place where people can have their dresses made, repaired or altered into different styles. Instead of dumping out-of-trend dresses, they can be hacked and re-used, alterations and repairs reduce wastes and landfill which helps the environment thereby saving the Government a lot of financial, human and technical resources
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Community-led, empowering people, reducing unemployment, reducing landfill, creating local businesses, creating jobs for local people as new businesses will have vacancies available, Sowing Stitches sits well with the Regeneration plans of the Local Government to facilitate self-sustaining career and support the career development of resident's choice. Many residents from Barnet are extremely creative and this is a project that will allow them to express themselves and look at employment or business start-up in the creative industries. The training hub in Grahame Park Estate brings training participants of other areas together to share learning and support each other. The project creates a pathway for community-owned businesses in other areas which are capable of employing their residents, thereby creating community safety, health and wealth.
Steps to get it done:
It will empower people to develop a culture of self-sustenance, improve confidence, self-esteem and promote relationship and mental health as people meet, learn, and work together. Friendship and trust developed make interdependence a reality instead of dependance that had been the long-held culture within the generational poverty of our regeneration areas in Barnet. The project also increases community safety.
About the space
London Borough of Barnet
Sowing Stitches launched on the 11/06/2021. It now has a growing number of trainees by appointment. From the 7th March 2022, a classroom system of 46 weeks duration will start. During this period, business skills & enterprise training will be delivered at Middlesex University Business School for people who want to start their own businesses. Other requirements will be tailored to needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07448412979 to register.
It has been nearly a year, and in the heat of the pandemic. Thank you again a million times for your sacrificial supports of helps when needed, finances that makes crowdfunding a success and words of counsel and encouragement. We are pleased to invite you to the virtual launch of the Tailoring Business Training School, the resource centre from where the every day training will begin on Monday, the 14th June 2021 from 9 am - 6 pm Monday - Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. For pre-training assessments, please refer to Agatha on 07448412979
Now we are progressing towards physical presence in our strategic business training hub. Thank you to all our donors, we have received your contributions. We have submitted architectural design and structural calculations of our state-of-the-art business training centre. Everyone who wants to learn to make money making dresses, please get in touch with us at https://www.sowingstitches.weebly.com or fill our jot form at livingwayministries.net
One of our crowdfunding angels has emerged from his hideout! Here, a mega thanks to Oluwafemi (The Lord loves me), indeed!. One cannot underestimate the power of prayer - it works all the time, well for Barnet communities. Sowing Stitches is now overfunding and plans are underway to renovate and equip Sowing Stitches anticipated home. However, our campus at OneStonegrove is ready, but for the lockdown. An intergenerational fashion & fabrics design and production will begin as soon as the country is fully opened up. For further information, contact OneStonegrove on 020 8357 0923.
Lockdown? Not Sowing Stitches! We 've found a way to be up and socially connected - ZOOOOOM! Online teaching is now on the cards, thanks to Coronavirus. Wherever people are, they can join our training online. In the meantime, our heroes please keeping sharing our crowdfunding effort to get us completely over the edge. Thank you again a million times.
Huge THANK YOU for 'Likes' and 'Followings', especially to all our Sponsors who pledged financial support. We thank you so much for trusting us and our host - Spacehive and their collaborators, GoCardless, with your financial details. Our campaign has reached the targeted budget on Friday, however, we are still crowdfunding to cover the costs of some useful tools that give the edge to the project. Please share Sowing Stitches campaign with your networks and encourage them to pledge as much as they can give to help the Community Tailoring Business Training, the Sowing Stitches. Thank you again and again. Sowing Stitches Management