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Design enthusiasts make it in Morningside


Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Education and also in Communities, Housing

Hackney resident proudly showing off her designs Hackney resident proudly showing off her designs

Sewing amateurs from Morningside in Hackney have been  transformed into creative designers  after picking up  needles and thread at a series of workshops.

Residents rolled up their sleeves to learn a range of money-saving textile skills at an eight-week workshop, funded by Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund. The attending enthusiasts lovingly created stylish bags, clothes and cushions, as well as up-cycling unused t-shirts and jackets.

Organisers, Hackney Marsh Partnership and Morningside Children’s Centre, called on local clothing retailer, Queenie and Ted, to deliver the valuable on-the-job style training to residents. Staff from the textile-loving retailer were keen to share their sewing and tacking tips to local residents and the benefits of being creative at home.

Sumi Ejiri, community regeneration officer from Hackney Marsh Partnership, said: “Everyone behind the scenes is over the moon with how the programme was received and very grateful for the donation from Sanctuary.

“It’s the best attended course we’ve delivered with Morningside Children’s Centre, and the residents are all hungry for more.  We’re really looking forward to what we can do next.”

Kally Laurence, owner and designer at Queenie and Ted, added: “Cushions, bags and clothes were all made and up-cycled throughout the programme, which is not only a valuable skill but also a great money-saving exercise for families.”

Toby Moore, partnerships officer for Sanctuary Housing, continued: “The textile programme was a unique workshop for our residents and we was pleased to support it. I went along to the final session and all were proudly showing off their new garments and cushions – a lot was learnt in eight weeks and well done to everyone who attended.”

Hackney Marsh Partnership and Morningside Children’s Centre are two of many  across Englandto benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

For more details on how to apply for Grand Ideas Fund, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email


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