Congratulations to Paula for her award from the High Sheriff of Lancashire for her outstanding contribution to social enterprise!
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.
A reporting project by Hazel Sheffield, Far Nearer documents local projects and people building economic resilience in the UK.
The Sewing Rooms was recently featured, and the conversation between co-founder Paula and Hazel includes insights, goals and potential challenges ahead.
You can read the interview in full here.
The 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.”
We had a lovely time welcoming Skelmersdale County Cllrs, Julie Gibson and John Fillis, to the Sewing Rooms in May this year! We took them through our workroom and latest projects and had a productive discussion about regeneration locally and ideas for future support. Thank you for your time! A full article about their visit is available online from SkemNews.
Photo from SkemNews. L-R: Cllr Gibson, Paula Gamester, Maureen Fazal, Cllr Fillis
Our Silver Sewers recently hosted a sewing event at the Skelmersdale Library. Participants created artworks to be added to the Sewing Rooms’ Processions 2018 banner that will be on display in the parade taking place in London on 10 June 2018. Processions 2018 is a mass participation artwork marking the centenary of votes for women in the UK.
Feedback from the event was extremely positive, and we loved seeing the mix of ages working side-by-side and together. Read the review from the library team here.
The Lancashire Community Recycling Network’s annual Red Rose Resource Awards have recognised The Sewing Rooms as 2014’s Best Community Enterprise. Maureen Fazal, Director of the Sewing Rooms, said, “We are absolutely delighted and will be investing the prize funds into purchasing new machinery and equipment for the soon-to-be launched Sewing Academy.”
Presenter of the award, Paul Hemmings, CEO of Global Renewables Lancashire, said at the event, “This is an extraordinary project which offers many new opportunities to people who must feel like they have very few. Congratulations to the Sewing Rooms team for all your hard work and the obvious difference you are making in Lancashire – we wish you all the very best with your plans for expansion.”
Read the full press release.