Sew Positive

Sew Positive

At a glance

Causes

  • Health and well being / research and care

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Sew Positive’s mission is to provide opportunities for vulnerable people across Cambridge to nurture their own wellbeing and mental health through creative sewing and upcycling courses, helping people to feel part of a community and reducing the feeling of social exclusion, including working with Ukrainian Refugees in Cambridge. Our work offers sewing and creativity as an intervention, along with volunteering, support improved well-being and health equalities.

In addition to the effect on mental health, social isolation and loneliness, our work promotes the need to make more sustainable textile choices that directly affect climate change.

We work with people who experience long term health issues, High Intensity Users of Health Services, older people and families facing crisis. Sew Positive brings people together in a safe environment and gives them the chance to connect with others while exploring their creativity.

Our Impact at a glance 2022/23

  • 2440 volunteer hours donated
  • 25 volunteers
  • 17 venues
  • 65 sessions and events - covering social prescribing, drop in sessions, taster sessions, community events, and wellbeing events for businesses.
  • 665 participant places across all our events and courses, with 65 different participants
  • Income of £41,386
  • 16 funders and corporate supporters
  • 1 marathon runner
  • 2 half marathon runners
  • 25 sewing machines donated, fixed and saved from landfill.
  • 32.5m (152 flags) of bunting made from upcycled fabrics, by Ukrainian Refugees to celebrate Eurovision 2023.
  • 100% Ukraine Refugee participants said they always/often experience increased well being from both mindful sewing, being creative, and finding solutions to climate change through fashion and textiles, gaining new skills and meeting new people.
  • 75% of participants felt more socially connected (Social Prescribing Pilot).
  • 75% of participants felt more in control of managing their own health and wellbeing.(Social Prescribing Pilot).
  • 87.5% of participants felt sewing, creativity, mending and upcycling had a positive impact on their overall wellbeing.(Social Prescribing Pilot).

 

 

Activities

We work with people who experience long term health issues, High Intensity Users of Health Services, older people and families facing crisis. Sew Positive brings people together in a safe environment and gives them the chance to connect with others while exploring their creativity.

Our workshops and courses give basic sewing skills to be able to make, repair, mend, upcycle and repurpose clothes and textiles. We teach how to sew by hand or using a machine using items like jeans, t-shirts, clothing that is stained or needs mending, making lampshades from wasted textiles, cushions and tote bags from upcycled pillowcases and offcuts of furnishing fabrics.

In 2022/23 we ran 65 events (up from 25 in the previous year), with a total of 665 participant places across all our events and courses. We supported 65 different participants across our services during this time, demonstrating that participants wanted to access a number of different services and workshops, and we started to develop some core services, including the weekly Sewcialise programme set up with funding from The National Lottery project with Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre. This has subsequently been supported by another National Lottery AWA (March 2023), and continues with great success and impact.

 

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