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Project information

Sew Go for It!

Sew Go For It! will enable 60 disadvantaged young people, at risk of becoming NEET, to boost their self esteem & skills through a comprehensive alterations/dressmaking course.
The items they sew will go for the poor, children in hospital & other charitable causes; building stronger communities.

February 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: JTAG LTD

  • Need


    1.YP in these boroughs hardly have opportunities to explore their latent talents & skills. This scarcity causes the young people to get involved in undesirable activities affecting them negatively for future chances in life.
    2.YP come from disadvantaged, impoverished homes and are failing in school. This has led to a loss of self esteem, motivation & aspirations & put them at risk of becoming NEET.
    We aim to provide them with accredited vocational activities, where they too can feel success.


    We believe that out of hours courses aimed to express one’s inner self can inspire good habits & build confident YP.
    Sew Go for It! will give 60 YP a chance to taste success, which will in turn motivate them to increase their efforts in their formal education too & reduce their risk of becoming NEET.
    It will also boost their self esteem, promote good habits & neighborliness through donating their creations for charitable causes.
    This course will also teach them vital numeracy skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give YP who aren't able to access vocational courses a chance to learn and explore new skills.


    » Sew Go for It! will cover pattern making, alterations, beading, embroidery, fit, fabrics & a variety of skills over 30 sessions for 5 groups of 12 YP

    What success will look like

    We will keep registers of all YP attending the course.
    Certificates will also provide hard evidence of the skills achieved.

    Aim 2

    Reduce the amount of YP at risk of becoming NEET through providing vocational courses.


    » 60 YP will partake in a comprehensive sewing course where they will be able to feel success, learn new skills and most importantly stay in training.

    What success will look like

    Registers will show how many YP are involved in a constructive course.
    We'll also ask YP if this course has changed their attitude towards learning and if they would consider more

    Aim 3

    Improve confidence/self-esteem in their abilities.


    » YP will work towards an AQA Unit Awards scheme - USING A SEWING MACHINE WITH A COMMERCIAL PATTERN, giving them a feeling of success & confidence.
    » YP will learn and practice new skills during sessions, uncovering new talents and improving self-esteem.

    What success will look like

    YP will rate their confidence at the start, middle and end of the course. Tutor will also note any improvements in her student evaluations.

    Aim 4

    Promote charitable work and neighborliness.


    » YP will donate all items they sew throughout the course to kids in hospital, poor people and for other charitable causes.

    What success will look like

    We will ask the YP to write a short description of how it felt to give away some of their work to the needy and if they would consider doing more of this in the future.

    Aim 5

    Increase valuable life and job skills.


    » YP will increase vital numeracy, creativity and problem solving skills through measuring/patterns and creating their own items.

    What success will look like

    Tutor will note YPs' creativity and problem solving skills when creating their own items. Numeracy skills will be evident when YP are able to measure and fit to perfection.

  • Impact


    Sew Go for It! will reduce the amount of YP at risk of becoming NEET through providing a vocational course within their abilities & maximising their confidence, thereby motivating them to continue putting efforts into studies & seeing achievement.
    This will be demonstrated in the amount of YP signing up for more of our activities/sessions as a result of this.
    It will also increase charitable work by encouraging YP to donate their work to others & allowing them to taste the satisfaction of this.


    There is a risk of young people's safety. All staff and volunteers will have to have a clean DBS or CRB record.
    There is a slight risk of a lack of users. This has been covered by compiling a list of YP who expressed interest in this project.
    There is a safety risk with irons, sewing machines and wires and these have been fully reviewed with a risk assessment.


    We will send a written report and photos halfway through and at the end of the project too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,648

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,320 Sewing Machines 12 Bernina sewing machines at a reduced price of £360 each.
      £10,500 Tutor wages £35 per hour for a 2 hour session 5 times a week for 30 weeks.
      £4,500 Assistant wages £15 per hour for a 2 hour session 5 times a week for 30 weeks.
      £1,200 Table Large table for fabric cutting.
      £240 Steam Irons 2 steam irons at £120 each
      £2,500 small equipment Small equipment like scissors, fabrics, patterns, bobbins, pins, trimmings...
      £500 Advertising 5 adverts at £100 each
      £888 Certification Registration for AQA Unit Awards Scheme at £14.80 per learner
  • Background


    Sew Go for It will take place in Hackney. The Hackney NEET Strategy Implementation plan writes "The number of young people who are NEET in Hackney are historically high, and there are multiple reasons for this including low attainment, low aspiration or unrealistic career goals, low self esteem.....and lack of provision in Personal Development, training and employment opportunities." We will be targeting YP specifically in Hackney working towards goals in a deprived and underperforming area.


    The local young people who are at risk of becoming Neet will be the prime beneficiaries of the project. However, the local community will also benefit from the items they will donate for charitable purposes. We will be donating soft toys to unwell children and clothing to refugees and others who cant afford to buy their own clothes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We work with young people in this area and know their needs. There is a great demand for these courses and since we already work with these people we are ideal to carry out this project.
    We have over 10 years of experience in providing quality projects, many in conjunction with Hackney Community College.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Goldie Rosenberg

    Course Co-ordinator

"The number of young people who are NEET in Hackney are historically high..."

The Hackney NEET Strategy Implementation plan