FAD - Creating Fashion futures
Fashion a Difference! gives disadvantaged young people personal and technical skills to progress in the fashion industry; through technical workshops, advice from professionals working in the industry and peer mentoring the young people make realistic progression plans.
January 2016 - December 2017
FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct)
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle to access a sustainable career in the fashion industry due to lack of relevant support both technical and personal. Because of their backgrounds they do not have the networks and role models, nor the employability, social, technical or personal skills needed to progress. As a result, young people are adopting negative life patterns leading to a lack of direction, unemployment, de-motivation and anti-social behaviour
Over a period of 12 months, we will give disengaged young people life skills - confidence and self-esteem- and technical skills through workshops run by specialists for the young people to learn about the industry, an insight into options available to them and, through the FAD mentoring scheme, will develop a network of peer and professional contacts increasing their education/employment prospects and make them job-ready.
Disadvantaged young people improve life skills including confidence, initiative and problem-solving
Activities» One to one meetings with peer mentors who are part of the FAD alumni, from similar backgrounds and have already progressed to the industry
» Through group activities to develop confidence, resilience, time management and communications skills
» Through drop-in clinics at FAD offices with tailored advice on curriculum, interview and portfolio
Through peer mentoring 80 young people develop greater resilience and improved ability to surmount social and economic barriers to progress in the creative industries
Disadvantaged young people develop technical skills to make them employable
Activities» workshops led by specialists' to develop relevant skills such as research, design, sewing, pattern cutting and drawing to make them job ready
80 young people from 18 inner boroughs of London will have attended 60 hours of technical skills workshops preparing them for a progression in the creative sector
Disadvantaged young people gain knowledge and insight into options available in creative industries
Activities» Workshops on career advice and education pathways
» Workshops on jobs available in the creative industries and skills needed to get to that job
80 young people will have attended 20 hours of workshops on career advice and will have developed a personal progression plan
- We will make the fashion and creative industries more inclusive and will level the opportunities to access it
- We will create a culture of giving and supporting disadvantaged young people among professionals in the fashion and creative industries
- We will do case studies with success stories and will bring back to our programme the young people who progress as peer mentors
We will demonstrate the success through evaluation of entry and exit questionnaires, feedback and interviews
Young people not raising to the challenge and dropping. The peer mentoring will be essential to keep them motivated.
Personal and family problems to facilitate progression - tailored advice and support
End of project evaluation report to include:
- analysis of entry and exit questionnaires showing increase in personal and technical skills
- feedback from young people and from schools/colleges/youth groups from where young people are recruited
- ongoing social media and website update
Budget - Project Cost: £80,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £35,000 Salary Project Manager coordinating programme £12,000 Venue rental renting premises for 80 hrs workshops to take place £13,000 Specialists' teachers delivering 80 hrs guided teaching to 80 young people £4,000 Mentoring expenses 20 peer to peer mentors training and expenses £8,000 Materials Materials needed for 80 hrs workshops £8,000 Marketing & Evaluation Recruitment, publicity, PR and webportal; Gathering evidence and reporting to funders
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Royal Bank of Scotland £29,700 Guaranteed
We will run workshops at two venues, in Hackeny and Lewisham, for 80 young people of up to 18 London boroughs (Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Islington, Enfield, Haringey, Westminster, Redbridge, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley & Greenwich)
Young people from recognised disadvantaged backgrounds – ie single headed households,lower achieving ethnic groups, on free school meals, unemployed households or households in receipt of benefits, refugee/asylum seeker background or first generation to access HE. The majority (80%) will be from BME backgrounds. Some struggle with school and leave with few qualifications. Some are learning English as a second language, in or leaving care, young carers, dealing with bullying or family break up
FAD has 14 years’ experience developing extra-curricular programmes delivered in non-formal educational formats, with more than 8,000 young people from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.
FAD has a long, proven track record of working in partnerships with more than 100 schools/colleges
FAD has a database of more than 400 professionals working in the major groups of the fashion industry
FAD achievements have been recognised with awards from BITC and LEPA
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Joanne Matthews, Creative Curriculum Director, FAD
Project manager coordinating with the different partners, mainting regular communication with young people and making it happen
FAD Peer To Peer Mentors
Up to 25 past FAD beneficiaries who have progressed to the fashion and creative industries who will facilitate peer to peer mentoring
Up to 8 specialist teachers who will transmit the technical skills and lead workshops on advice and career progress
Maria Alvarez, CEO FAD
Will oversea the project manager and pull in resources to facilitate the project happening
Will pay for 10 hrs of peer mentoring
FAD opened my eyes to the fact that we shouldn’t feel daunted about getting into good jobs, they gave me the confidence to start my career.