Hackney residents are being invited to learn valuable new skills and boost their employment prospects with a new series of local workshops.
Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with social enterprise Creative Lifestyle CIC to offer two courses at Morningside Community Centre teaching practical sewing and baking skills as well as business and employment essentials.
The ‘enterprise to employment’ sessions, which are also supported by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, will provide an opportunity for residents who are long-term unemployed or interested in starting up their own business to learn skills to help them into future employment.
As well as developing and improving their creative talents, it is hoped residents will benefit from increased self-esteem and social confidence.
Baking sessions, which take place from 10am to 1pm on Mondays starting from 9 July, will teach participants how to bake a variety of cakes and use icing and other decorating techniques to give them a professional looking finish.
The sewing classes, which are running from 10am to 1pm on Thursdays starting on 12 July, will teach residents the basics of both hand and machine methods, including button holes and how to attach zips.
As part of each course there will be a series of workshops providing advice and expertise on both self-employment and employment as a whole.
The sessions at Morningside follow two successful and well-attended courses held at Kingsmead Community Centre last year.
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We have seen first-hand the positive impact these creative workshops can have.
“The sessions are a fantastic opportunity for our residents to develop new skills, equip themselves for the world of work and self-employment and take steps to becoming more financially independent.”
Oleander Agbetu, from Creative Lifestyle CIC, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sanctuary once again to help residents in Hackney develop new skills and access employment.”
Residents can find out more or sign up for the courses by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07538 321416 or 0208 826 1650.
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.