Birtley Business Centre
The Etika Trust is a charity offering bespoke solutions to complex issues both in the UK and India. The Trust's key objectives are met via education and empowerment programmes. This includes shining a light on modern day slavery throughout the fast-fashion industry through their ethical school uniforms.
Their newest community project - Woof Warmers – highlights the importance of upcycling to reduce landfill.
Etika are looking for volunteers to play an integral role in an innovative project to re-purpose their reject school uniform garments into dog-coats.
You can help sew the garments and, if you like, also help to pass your skills onto the young people involved, to help them learn a new skill.
- To sew the completed garments together
- To sew Velcro onto the straps
- Advise on stitching design techniques
- Opportunity to input ideas and suggestions into designs.
- To mentor participants and train how to sew completed garments
Get involved in either or both options.
All you need is an ability to use a sewing machine. You can volunteer in their base at Birtley or if you would like to volunteer to make the coats from home this is also possible.
- Opportunity to support a valuable community project.
- Opportunity to be involved in an ethical, upcycling project, preventing unnecessary landfill.
- Opportunity to pass on valuable skills to a new generation.
- Opportunity to be involved in a diverse team supporting young people, some with additional needs, to develop and progress in life.
- A chance to enter or re-enter a workplace environment. References available on request.
- Out of pocket transport expenses will be reimbursed (to be agreed in advance).
- Tea and coffee.
• Further skills would include volunteering within a small team of individuals who may have additional support needs.
• Friendly with good communication skills.
• Empathy to diverse needs, backgrounds and cultures.