We are really happy to say that after a great 1st course, we are running our 2nd ‘Complete Beginners Sewing Course’ for refugee and asylum seeking women. It will start on September the 11th at the Easton Family Centre and run every Saturday from 10am -12 or 1pm for 9 weeks. The extra 1 hour, 12-1 we are trialling as a less formal time and will include the women who have already completed the first beginners course.
We do have a budget to cover bus tickets for those who need it but unfortunately we do not have any creche facilities. There are only 6 places available so if you have anybody interested than please contact Angie as soon as possible.
Are you creative, friendly & enthusiastic about sewing? You are invited to be part of the Craft Collective! If you are local to Bristol and would like to become a Craft Collective volunteer, please email angie.mack@
The Craft Collective is a group of refugee and asylum-seeking women, who worked together with local volunteers to help make a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unable to meet in person at St Stephens church cafe, as they normally would do each Saturday afternoon, they woked from home to create cotton facemasks that were bought by the public but also given away to those in need through a 'pay it forward' scheme.
For each mask that was sold, the project gave one away for free to asylum seekers, refugees, members of the homeless community and others -over 400 masks were given out through partner organisations The Haven (a first stop health clinic for newly arrived asylum seekers in Bristol), Logos House (the Salvation Army homeless shelter), Bristol Refugee Rights and the Marmalade Trust.
As well as the masks being produced and given away, the project highlighted the skills that refugees bring with them when they arrive in the country and their desire to contribute towards their new society. One volunteer from Syria, who used to work as a professional tailor and upholsterer before fleeing the war there, made dozens of masks and gave hours of his time towards the project.
We would like to say a massive thank you to BrisDoc Community Fund for kindly sponsoring the startup costs and pilot phase of this project, and to everyone who bought a mask!