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Withy Trees Day Centre refurbishment complete

We’ve had a great time redesigning the dementia day centre’s social areas. In the dining room, we recovered chairs and tables and created an interactive memory wall. We also reupholstered armchairs and made double-pinch pleat curtains. Overall, we went for a 70s look and feel with the colours and fabrics. Many thanks to Panaz for the fabrics, and our team for the exquisite craftsmanship. Yet another fantastic example of the power of buying social and buying local!

The Sewing Rooms in Unltd’s latest impact report

We strongly believe in the importance of social enterprise in supporting local communities and helping to bring about constructive change. So it is gratifying to see our work featured in Unltd’s latest impact report. You can read the full report here and the section about the Sewing Rooms’ work here.

Our huge thanks to Unltd for their generosity, encouragement and overall support in helping us achieve our goals and expand on our dreams.

Co-founders recognised for commitment to community

We are pleased and excited to announce that both co-founders, Maureen and Paula, have been recognised for their commitment to social enterprise and community.

Maureen has been invited to this year’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party on 21 May, and Paula has been selected by The High Sheriff of Lancashire to receive an award on 8 March at the Preston County Hall event.

Both are being recognised for their years of outstanding commitment and support, including Maureen’s decades-long working relationship with a local women’s refuge.

Congratulations, Maureen and Paula!

Co-founder Paula accepts place on Skelmersdale Place Board

Paula-681x1024The Skelmersdale Place Board is made up from key Skelmersdale leaders from a range of business and public sector organisations. Board members provide strategic leadership in the promotion and development of Skelmersdale. Their tasks include:
  • Directing and overseeing delivery of the Place Plan
  • Considering strategies and projects to see if they should form part of the Plan
  • Championing the Skelmersdale brand narrative and approach
  • Overseeing the Ambassadors programme and
  • Providing support and advice for the local authority and acting as a sounding board on key place issues.

The Place Board is currently recruiting Ambassadors; more information is available in the attached.

Paula says of her role on the board, “I’m very proud and thankful to be able to help spread the word about what a fantastic place Skelmersdale is, for business, for living and for creating a better future for all of us.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of things we will accomplish as we work together as a Board and in partnership with many amazing local businesses and people.”

New wellbeing sewing project for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse

logo The Sewing Rooms has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Lancashire to run a nine-month wellbeing sewing project with the Liberty Centre (previously known as the West Lancashire Women’s Refuge). The funding comes from the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Tampon Tax Fund.

Led by the Sewing Rooms’ Laura Scott, the project will guide groups of women and girls through the processes of designing and creating decorative community banners. The three themes depicted by the banners will by “A safe place to heal,” “Education and building futures,” and “Moving on.”

The completed banners will be unveiled at the Centre’s AGM in November 2019.

All skill levels will be catered for during the project. The weekly sessions will be underpinned by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which will create the framework for individual development plans for each participant. The plans will focus on health, wellbeing, self-confidence and local social and economic involvement.

Happy New Year 2019!

Politically, economically and socially we know there are challenges ahead. We use this new year to rededicate ourselves and our efforts to helping solve community problems through social enterprise, a cornerstone of true equality.

All the best from the Sewing Rooms team! We thank you for your continued support and hope to meet you or work with you sometime in 2019.

Local and regional partnerships

Social enterprise depends on the relationships people have with each other and with the organisations they support, whether that be financially or through time and other donations. Working with local and regional organisations and businesses is an important part of the Sewing Rooms’ success and goals. We strengthen our communities by helping to support and build bonds and opportunities for our neighbours.

To that end, we were grateful and pleased to have been asked to make grocery bags for the Northern Harrogate GroceryAid ball on 1 December 2018!

And a bit before that in November, we worked with local schoolchildren at the co-op celebration day in Sandy Land and Upholland stores to create a sew fab science banner. Our talented Laura Scott led the sessions, and we also worked with St Richards Primary School. Such an inspiration seeing what the children created!

If you have an idea for a project or partnership, please give us a call; we’d love to discuss the opportunities.