2014 news

The Sewing Rooms Training Academy Wins Santander Catalyst Award
Santander recently announced that 20 social enterprises from the North West have won cash awards totalling £151,000 in the bank’s Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA). The awards are given to social enterprises and trading charities looking to grow their business and improve their local community. Read more >>>
14 December 2014

Maureen Fazal, Director of The Sewing Rooms, graduates as a School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellow
Following completion of the School for Social Entrepreneur’s Start Up Programme, Maureen joins the global network of Fellows using entrepreneurship for social or environmental benefit. Congratulations, Maureen!
12 December 2014

Sew your own Christmas stocking!
If you’re feeling creative and would like to add a personal touch to your holiday celebrations, we’d love you to join us! The Sewing Rooms team is running Christmas stocking workshops at the Warrington and Manchester IKEA stores on 6, 7, 13 and 14 December. We tailor the sessions to the skill and ages attending, so both adults and children can join the festive fun!
8 December 2014

The Sewing Rooms wins Butler Trust Certificate
Awarded to people working in the UK correctional system, the three tiers of awards recognise dedication, skill and creativity. The Sewing Rooms was recognised for its partnership with the Lancashire Probation Service. Read more >>>
1 December 2014

Interior design intern opportunity – 3 months
Paying £1000 per month, we are pleased to announce that The Sewing Rooms are looking for an interior designer with a high level of design, flair and imaginative skills for a three month internship. You need to have completed an art- or design-related foundation degree, HND or degree. The project will involve you designing a children’s bedding range that will be manufactured on site. The deadline for applying is 5 pm Friday 5 December 2014. Read the full job description and application process.
26 November 2014

Tweet tweet!
We just finished a project that was incredibly fun to do! Our sewing team made the blackbird outfit that is featured in the new Twootz ad that is now airing. The work was done in record time in order to meet the shoot deadline for production of the ad. AND, we’re proud to say that all fabric used in the costume is recycled material. Check out the costume and read what the production company had to say about our work.
18 November 2014

License to Sew workshops – coming soon
We will shortly be launching our Licence to Sew workshops, and we have the details of each session here. The workshops are a mix of day and evening group sessions and one-to-one tuition and combine demonstration, explanation and tuition, which allows students to learn by doing. We will confirm dates very soon!
2 November 2014

Improving wellbeing
The Sewing Rooms is extremely pleased to have successfully delivered yet another project that made a positive difference to the lives of members of our local community.

Good quality housing is an essential aspect of health and wellbeing, which is why we were very happy to be asked to partner with the Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) to help revamp some of their properties using products made by our social enterprise sewing academy. Read more >>>
20 October 2014

An outstanding success
Following completion of the first of our sewing programmes that are held in Edith Rigby House, Preston – a bail hostel for women either awaiting custodial sentences or waiting to be released from prison – we received fantastic confirmation of our belief in the transformative power of creativity and sewing.

A Lancashire Probation Service Hostel Manager said, “I wanted to offer some feedback on the sewing project you implemented at Edith Rigby House.

“The sewing project was an outstanding success!

“Residents engaged in purposeful activity and spoke very highly of their experience.” Read more >>>
22 September 2014

The Sewing Rooms expands
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our grant applications to the Lancashire Initiative Fund and will be able to purchase an additional 14 sewing machines. This will allow us to greatly expand all aspects of The Sewing Rooms, from our social enterprise bespoke business to the number and locations of our sewing and upholstery training sessions.

If you haven’t already, please join us!
12 September 2014

Linking business to community
Fourteen young people attended a session at Gladden House where Maureen Fazal, Sewing Rooms’ director, presented them with a challenge. The challenge would help the young people strengthen and believe in their creativity and provide them with a real-life link between creative work and business and enterprise. Read more >>>
30 August 2014

The Sewing Rooms Dragon
Maureen Fazal, The Sewing Rooms Director, recently took part in one of The Challenge Society’s local entrepreneur programmes. A group of young people visited Gladden House, where the Sewing Rooms are based, to learn about social enterprise and its links to the local community. The following day, Maureen acted as one of the Dragons to which the young people presented their projects.
21 August 2014

Sewing a brighter future
One of the most inspiring and rewarding projects that The Sewing Rooms is currently running is our bail hostel courses. We are working in three different bail hostels with people who are in the last part of their sentence and are due to be released in the near future.

Overall, the pride and delight of the people who have taken part in the courses is invaluable. They have told us that they feel that it is a step towards their future and that when they are released, they will be able to furnish their own home and that they have the skills to live in an environment that they have created. Read more >>>
10 August 2014

A few of our latest creations…
Check out some of our latest favourites! These are from men and women we are working with in bail hostels. Read more >>>
21 July 2014

30 windows? No problem! The Sewing Rooms’ work with private clients continues apace, and we are really enjoying the diversity of jobs and requirements. One project that we are in the final stages of completing is the provision of window coverings and dressings for a home with 30 windows. Read more >>>
24 June 2014