‘Frocked UP’ is a project designed to engage, inspire and empower disadvantaged 17-22 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.
The group will learn to sew together, being taught practical skills and techniques by an accredited teacher and working towards achieving a City & Guilds qualification in sewing. This will enhance their employability and career prospects as well as enabling them to learn valuable creative and life skills which they can use for their own needs, such as upcycling or creating clothing for themselves.
This inspiring course will also improve confidence and life skills through providing support and opening opportunity for those involved.
Based at a historic theatre venue (Sutton Coldfield Town Hall), the group will be engaged in designing and creating their own 'costume' whilst developing their practice.
This will involve working directly with artists and theatre personnel, which will be both rewarding and motivational. It will provide valuable experience of working with people towards a shared objective.
There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate achievements including participation in an exhibition and fashion show, further building a sense of pride and confidence in the group.
About Our City & Guilds Courses
2 courses are scheduled initially, each of which will cater for 10 participants. We have already had referrals of suitable individuals, known to local contacts and charity partners. Those involved will be young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. They may have struggled in conventional education or been involved in early intervention programmes. If additional needs are identified through the course, then The UP Creative Community will seek to help on an individual basis through local charity contacts and networking.
Each course includes 30 contact hours learning to sew plus an additional 10 contact hours, based in the theatre venue. The funding will be used to fund the courses, covering costs such as City & Guilds tutor, venue fees, materials and equipment. The UP Creative Community has already collected sewing machines and has access to large amounts of fabric/textiles saved from landfill.
It is hoped that subsequent courses will be self-sustaining; as promoting the success of our first courses on social media is expected to attract new donations and funding, which will enable the programme to continue.
About The UP Creative Community
The UP Creative Community CIC (Community Interest Company) is a collective joined by a passion for helping those who need it most while making the most of the planet’s resources.
As an organisation we have four main aims:
- To serve our community by providing a safe, welcoming working space for sewing with resources donated to us that would otherwise be discarded to landfill.
- To trade skills, share creative thinking and encourage wellbeing through engagement with creative arts.
- To provide a robust textile waste management service; receiving donations and processing and repurposing them to help the environment and encourage reuse.
- To provide arts, environmental and textiles education, outreach and workshop programmes to members of our community, schools, charities, and other organisations.
We are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and we exist to serve our community.