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Project information

Sustainable Fashion Course

To deliver a 12 week course which enables participants to learn upcycling skills which reduce consumption of textiles. They will learn how to use a sewing machine and hand stitch to great a new wardrobe using pre-loved items. We shall embellish, customise and upcycle.

May 2019 - May 2020

Charity information: North Bristol Community Project

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  • Need


    The Fast Fashion industry causes the second largest level of pollution in the world. Climate change threatens our very existence if we do not act to address over consumption. If we want to leave our planet for future generations to enjoy, we need to reduce our consumption and explore more sustainable ways of living. This course demonstrates how slow fashion can help us reduce & recycle.


    By recycling fabrics, we avoid tonnes of material from being discarded and going into landfill. Engaging courses like these raise awareness of sustainable issues in a relatable way and encourage a change in mind set as well as improving destructive behaviour which will have a negative effect on the world's resources.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote 'slow' fashion, how to reuse & recycle.


    » To deliver a sustainable fashion course which is inclusive, meaning anyone regarding of background, age or ability can attend.

    What success will look like

    By asking people to complete a questionnaire regarding their skills, knowledge and experience before and after the course.

  • Impact


    Participants will be able to share what they have learnt with their wider network of family and friends to spread the message of sustainability, making people aware that they can action change in their everyday lives.
    A small exhibition will display all that has been achieved during the course.


    Without project funding, the hardest to reach members of our community will not be able to afford the course fees. Before starting we need to ensure access will be available to all regardless of ability to pay, by making the course fees accessible.


    A small report with a case study, highlighting the feedback and difference the course has had on participants and the progression routes afterwards.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Sustainable Fashion Course Delivering 12 workshops for local residents
  • Background


    160 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NT


    Unemployed people
    People on long term sickness
    People with mental health issues
    Young people who have been in care
    Refugees & asylum seekers
    People on low incomes

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a 35 year track record of engaging with local communities. We have a dedicated team of arts facilitators, educators, youth workers, volunteers, stakeholders and other practitioners who are committed to effecting social change.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rita Gupta

    Project Manager

    Simon Friskke


    Natasha Carberry

    Seamstress / volunteer

    L. Corrales


If you had told me a few months ago i could make the kind of stuff you've shown me how to make here, i would never have believed you. I've got the confidence to try out stuff at home now. I never had a hobby before this.

Paul Arts 4 Wellness participant