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Hackney residents can learn new skills to boost employment

6 June 2017
Residents taking part in previous successful creative workshops.

Hackney residents are being given the opportunity to gain practical business skills at local workshops which will boost their employment prospects.

Sanctuary Housing and Hackney Giving have teamed up with Creative Lifestyle CIC to offer two courses over the next six months at Kingsmead Community Centre.

The sessions are an opportunity for residents who are long-term unemployed or wish to start up their own business initiative to discover new skills which will support them into future employment.

In addition to business skills, the sessions will also inspire creativity amongst residents with the opportunity to learn skills in sewing and baking.

By developing and improving their creative talents, it is hoped residents will benefit from increased self-esteem and social confidence, and also gain the skills to start their own business.

Sewing classes, which start on 29 June, will teach residents the basics of both hand and machine methods, including button holes and how to attach zips.

Keen bakers can try their hand at tasty cake recipes, icing and other decorating designs every Monday from 26 June. Both courses will run from 10am to 1pm at the centre.

As part of each course there will be business start-up classes including a chance for participants to gain customer service experience by selling products.

Residents can find out more at a sign-up day at the Kingsmead Community Centre on 22 June or by sending an email to Info@creativelifestyle.org.uk. Alternatively, they can call 07538 321416 or 0208 826 1650.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhoods partnership manager, said: “These courses are an excellent opportunity for local people to learn skills they might not ordinarily have had access to and gain the necessary skills to make that final leap into the world of self employment.”

Oleander Agbetu, from social enterprise Creative Lifestyle CIC, said:

“We are so thrilled to be working in partnership with Sanctuary to deliver these creative holistic workshops including well-being sessions and advice on becoming more financially independent.” 

These courses are being funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, and Hackney Giving, supporting local East London community groups.