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Project information

FAD Creative Summer Workshops

To give an opportunity to 40 disadvantaged young people in London to make the most of the summer time to develop their creative skills while they have fun. Working with 14 – 19 year olds in museums such as the V&A and at Univ. East London to develop creativity and personal & technical skills.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct)

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  • Need


    London is a powerhouse of fashion but the opportunities within that industry do not present to disadvantaged youth despite them often being the inspiration for the trends the fashion industry gravitates towards. Our project will make a difference to creative young people by giving them technical and personal skills to facilitate their progression. Summer time is the ideal time as they are not in education nor can they afford to go away on holidays.


    We will run a series of creative workshops over the summer months. Maximising educational resources at the V&A museum and at University of East London, disengaged young people will work with FAD staff and volunteers to develop life skills - confidence and self-esteem- and technical skills. The volunteers will be both professionals in the fashion industry and former FAD beneficiaries who will pass on their skills to the young people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Disadvantaged young people develop their creativity in a fun and engaging way


    » A week of activities at London museums organised by FAD staff and supported by FAD volunteers. They will design, create and record learning

    What success will look like

    At the end of the project they will have developed a portfolio with all the learning outcomes. This will help them in their college work and in future interviews for progression

    Aim 2

    Disadvantaged young people develop technical skills to make them employable


    » A week of activities at University of East London where young people will develop technical skills and produce a complete garment.

    What success will look like

    They will have produced a garment which shows all the technical skills they have developed

  • Impact


    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.
    We will make sure that the activities are so engaging that they will want to come to all of them.
    We will also make sure we have enough refreshments and drinks as it should be hot and to facilitate a festive atmosphere proper of the summer holidays.
    Another risk: young people dropping out because they find tasks to develop technical skills difficult - we will make sure they have enough support to carry out those tasks.


    End of project evaluation report to include:
    - analysis of entry and exit questionnaires showing increase in personal and technical skills
    - feedback from young people
    - ongoing social media and website update

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 2 Workshops Leaders 10 workshops x 5 hrs over 2 weeks @ £40 per hour
      £3,200 Materials Materials for 40 YP at £80 each
      £1,000 Recruitment and evaluation FAD staff working for 4 weeks in these projects
      £600 Marketing Photography, social media, etc
      £500 Transport and refreshments 40 young people transport cost and refreshments
  • Background


    We will run workshops at FAD offices, at the University of East London and at the V&A Museum. Young people will go to the different locations.


    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

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FAD has 17 years’ experience developing extra-curricular programmes delivered in non-formal educational formats, with more than 8,700 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

    She will develop creative curriculum and resources for the young people to work to engaging creative projects and will coordinate social media.

    Philip Luu

    He will coordinate volunteers and attend all workshops, communicate with the young people and will monitor and evaluate the project.

    FAD Volunteers

    We aim to have at least 10 FAD volunteers supporting the young people in the different activities over the two weeks.

‘Before I came to FAD I didn’t have a clue about pattern-cutting, cutting out garments or any of the technical terms. It’s even helped me improve on my course at college.’