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Skills Training & Education Creative Hub

Funded on Spacehive 16 April 2022 Delivered 29 March 2023

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Skills Training & Education Creative Hub

WEPT (Women Empowerment Project & Training) By WEPT (Women Empowerment Project & Training)

Help us to establish a space of belonging for the community, by the community. It will be an intergenerational creative hub welcoming to all, based in Church Street.

St John's Wood Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 16 Apr 2022!

We’re crowdfunding to establish a sustainable, permanent, place to deliver our intergenerational creative education and skills training, media and art programmes for disadvantaged young people/adults in Church Street. Our projects foster collaborative, cultural exchange between creative practitioners and disadvantaged youth/adults. By doing so, we build self-confidence, tackle trauma, feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide pathways to further education and increase employability. Situated in the heart of Church Street, STEPS ideally located in the community we work with and provide opportunities to run a range of community driven projects as well as our core programmes. STEPS will consist of fully equipped fashion design studio including classrooms, multi-purpose art/craft room as well as an office/cafe and project/exhibition space. By pledging to our campaign, you’ll also become part of our vision and we invite all donors to visit our space to see the impact of our project.

What we'll deliver:

  • • Decorate rooms
  • • Install Creative art/craft equipment
  • • Deliver regular fashion/creative arts/craft projects for young and adults
  • • Furnish lounge/cafe space
  • • Add signage to front of building
  • • Organise regular public events for our community
  • • Ensure there is safe and secure access to the building
  • • Ensure that we reduce, reuse and recycle as part of our environmental commitment

Why it's a great idea:

WEPT identifies and manages environmental risks by purchasing locally produced fabrics and where possible sustainable materials and donating fabric cut-offs/remnants to charities for patchwork stitching training in the community. Directly from Church Street, we recycle the small vegetable crates which we use for storage and shelving as they are stackable. WEPT also has an idea to establish a community compost scheme to recycle all the fruit and veg left by market traders. Church Street Market is the heart of the community has been a world-renowned vibrant eclectic fashion, art and craft and food market. Unfortunately, Church Street is still one of the most deprived areas in Westminster. Youth unemployment and crime rates and anti-social behaviour are high and civic pride remains negatively affected, confirmed in the tri-borough Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Report 2015.

Steps to get it done:

  • • Basic Refurbishment/decorating
  • • Fit-out classrooms, fashion and creative art, craft Studios and Cafe lounge
  • • Deliver first adornment training and creative craft project event
  • • Lunch event showcasing work from our projects including fashion show and creative craft/art exhibition

Our mission is to bring these two worlds together through creative skills training/education. Working in partnership with schools, youth centres, universities, colleges fashion companies and local creatives to deliver high quality creative programmes for young/old people who experience hardship or cannot access education or employment to become the Creative of West London It is a great idea because it: • Provides creative education and training for disadvantaged youth/adults • Brings together all groups in our community • Brings an empty building in to community use-fosters a culture of collaboration between artists and young people/adults Provide more cafe and creative spaces where people can meet culturally and socially. We'll be supporting existing jobs as well as creating new micro-business through our programme offering our graduates, pathways into further education/training, employment and 3 months business support into self-employment in the community.


Location St John's Wood

About the space

382-386 Edgware Road, W2 1EB, which is in the heart of Church Street Market and the Antiques and Decorative Art sector in Salisbury Street


City of Westminster

How will the money be spent?Total £36,326

Fashion/Media Studio Equipment - £23,160 (64%)
Decorating/fit-out and Furnishing - Studio & Cafe/Lounge - £5,441 (15%)
Rent - £3,000 (8%)
Decorating, lighting & electircal work - £1,800 (5%)
Contingency - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £1,925 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Fashion/Media Studio Equipment
Decorating/fit-out and Furnishing - Studio & Cafe/Lounge
Decorating, lighting & electircal work
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Supplies of leather materials and textiles to replenish
  • Specialist industrial machines for making samples so we can offer employment to our graduates as Sample Machinists

Total £36,326

Our Volunteer List

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