We’re on the move!

The Sewing Rooms has a new address! We’re in the process of setting up our office, academy and manufacturing department in our new space in Centaur House in Skelmersdale! We’ll let everyone know when the move is complete! Our new address is:

The Sewing Rooms
Centaur House
Units 1 – 6
Gardiners Place
Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 9SP

Our phone number stays the same: 01695 550772

Here’s to an exciting new chapter of more creative change and even stronger communities!

Thanks to West Lancs for Buying Social!

The Sewing Rooms thanks West Lancashire Borough Council for Buying Social! We received the commission to make blackout curtains for the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk. The beautiful windows are not an off-the-rack size or shape. Beautifully arched, the job required special skill, and our team of Karen and Carol did a spectacular job! A big thank you to them for their fabulous work! Watch the video to see the installation!

A safe place to heal – working with survivors of domestic violence

One of our most powerful projects this year has been our Safe Place to Heal sewing programme. Funded by the Lancashire’s Tampon Tax Community Fund, the idea of the three banners is to show a progression route for women and girls who have suffered domestic abuse trauma.

Underpinned by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, the project is designed to build participants’ skills and confidence, improve their health and well-being, and build up their social networks. The women taking part designed and sewed the banners and by working together, helped channel their emotions and thoughts in a positive, creative way to play a pivotal role in working though their traumatic experiences.

The first banner takes the name of the project, A Safe Place to Heal, and captures the feelings of the women when they initially take refuge in a safe place. The second banner – Building Futures Together – is about the women beginning to consider the options that are open to them when they prepare to leave the refuge.

The third banner is appropriately called Success Takes Time to Bloom and is all about women taking control of their own lives and having self-belief that time is a great healer.

Be Inspired Business Awards 2019!

The BIBAs is Lancashire’s largest and longest running business awards programme. We are incredibly proud to have been nominated in the Third Sector Business of the Year category and had a fantastic time meeting the judges and sharing more about our passions – social enterprise and its triple bottom line: people, planet and profit!

Congratulations to all those who took part in this fantastic celebration of the best of Lancashire!

Bespoke soft furnishings – #BuySocial

We’re enjoying expanding our line of products! Having started with a curtain hemming service, we now provide a wide range of bespoke upholstery and soft furnishings, for both home and business customers. And as our own business grows, we are able to handle larger orders. From transforming John Lewis’ overstock school uniforms to providing curtains for an international hotel chain, we’re constantly looking for ways to strengthen local, circular, sustainable economies.

#BuySocial is an essential aspect of our approach to work, and we continue to work with renowned fabric company Panaz to redirect and upcycle waste fabrics that otherwise would end up as landfill. We’ve recently branched out into making customised curtains and seat coverings for caravans and motorhomes. It’s providing fantastic scope for the imagination and creativity!

Our professional services – bespoke commissions of soft furnishings, curtains and upholstery

The Sewing Rooms’ manufacturing department is always busy working on bespoke commissions and upcycling huge varieties of fabrics and pieces of furniture. Examples of some our recent work are below. If you have a piece of fabric or a particular bit of furniture that you love that needs a bit of a refurb, please get in touch! We can bring your much loved items back to full, glorious life!

If you’re interested in learning how to upholster or sew, or want to dust off old skills, give us a call! We have a new programme of training events starting in September.

SEW science banners unveiled

Two local schools used sewing and science to create banners illustrating their recent topics of study. The Sewing Rooms’ tutor Laura Scott, supported by the Coop, worked with students from St. Richard’s and St. Thomas primary schools.

The creativity of young children is always inspiring! Great job to all the students who took part!

#SheInspires

Co-founder Paula’s story of social entrepreneurship is one of the 100 published by Gulnaz Brennan in her book 100 Women Stories. Launched at an event in late March 2019, the book brings together the inspirational stories of 100 women from across Bolton and beyond who are changing their lives and the lives of those around them through their work and passion. Congratulations to all involved!

It’s the Age of Inspiration!

With support from UnLtd, Transforming Ageing and Capacity Lab, The Sewing Rooms’ wellbeing events are proving to be a wonderful success! A combination of music, chat, education, fun and food, the Age of Inspiration events are designed to help older people connect with others in their local area. For people at high risk of social isolation, the events put a smile on faces from the moment everyone walks in the door.

Talks about ways to incorporate the Five Ways of Wellbeing into daily life are interspersed with live musical performances, stand-up comedy and other inspirational experiences. Feedback from some of the more than 150 people who attended the Huyton event earlier this year includes:

  • “It’s absolutely fantastic”
  • “I loved the talks”
  • “It’s a fabulous day”
  • “It makes you think about what more you could be doing to connect with others”
  • “Everybody’s talking to people they don’t know”

Check back regularly for forthcoming events.

Congratulations! Paula Highly Commended in the 2019 Inspire Awards!

The Inspire Awards‘ Women in Social Enterprise category celebrates women working in a leadership role and or as founders of a social enterprise who truly demonstrate and communicate an impact with stakeholders, are genuinely engaged with employees, and trade for the benefit of the community.

Congratulations to Paula for being Highly Commended!

“I can’t quite believe it,” said Paula! “I’m very proud to have been nominated alongside so many inspiring colleagues! Well done to everyone!”