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Hackney residents putting their skills in the shop window

27 November 2018
Caroline King-Gadekah taking part in one of the sewing workshops in Hackney.

Hackney residents are showcasing the creative skills they have learned during a series of ‘enterprise to employment’ workshops supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Sanctuary is working with social enterprise Creative Lifestyle CIC to offer courses at Morningside Community Centre teaching practical sewing and baking skills.

The courses are also supported by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund and are aimed at residents who are long-term unemployed or interested in starting up their own business.

Having learned a variety of basic and more advanced techniques, as well as essential business and employment skills, participants are now showcasing what they have learned by running their own pop-up shop selling their products.

Located at The Hackney Shop, in Morning Lane, the shop is open from 10.30am-5.30pm daily until Monday 3 December, selling a wide variety of cakes, baked goods, soft furnishings and fashion accessories.

Oleander Agbetu, from Creative Lifestyle CIC, said: “We’re so proud of our talented participants, who have made such great strides in a short space of time.

“Running their own shop is a great experience and I would encourage everyone to come along and browse some of the wonderful items we have on sale.”

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “This project is all about helping residents to learn new skills and equip themselves for the world of work and self-employment.

“The pop-up shop is a fantastic opportunity to showcase those skills and, from the variety and quality of items on offer, it is clear the workshops have been a big success.”

For more information about the courses or the pop-up shop, email oleander@creativelifestyle.org or call 07538 321416.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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