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Lewisham Homes residents helped to get ahead in fashion


Published by Lewisham Homes for Lewisham Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Potential Lewisham Homes fashionistas were given the inside track on getting ahead in the fashion industry at a masterclass organised by Inspirational YOU and funded by the Lewisham Homes Community Fund.

Held at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford, the event attracted more than 60 people who heard senior fashion leaders share their insider knowledge on how to become stylists, designers, photographers or fashion bloggers. Hosted by TV and radio presenter, Kem Anyanwu, the guest speakers included:

• Arieta Mujay - creative director of African Creative Collective
• Oliver Morris - Vogue’s Top Photographer of the Year 2013
• Tamu Thomas - creative director of Kenema & Co Clothing
• Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo - editor of FAB Magazine

Amenah, 23, a Lewisham Homes resident, said afterwards: “I’d like to be a fashion designer and I received a lot of great advice from each speaker, especially Tamu. It was fantastic being in the presence of all these creatives.”

Another Lewisham Homes resident, Ndifreke, said: “It was very empowering, listening to their individual journeys about how they got to be where they are today. I came to support my friend who wants to get into fashion design but I found it inspirational and encouraged to make a change. If they can do it, we all can.”

Sonia Meggie, founder of Inspirational YOU, said: “The fashion masterclass was a great success. Delegates were able to meet experienced professionals in the industry who work with leading fashion houses and brands, such as Vogue. They were also able to hear first-hand experience of what it was like to work with celebrities such as Rihanna.

“We’ve had fantastic feedback. Many said they left feeling confident and empowered. We are pleased to have secured funding from Lewisham Homes to deliver such a successful masterclass.”

Inspirational YOU is one of sixteen local projects that received funding from the Lewisham Homes Community Fund in 2013. As well as the masterclass, the Inspirational You project has a number of aspects, including: a fashion design course; a mobile app design course and a workshop aimed at inspiring local residents to become entrepreneurs.

The Community Fund initiative is part of the Lewisham Homes Residents’ Business Plan, which sees residents identifying their priorities for their homes and communities. For more information about the Residents’ Business Plan go to

Lewisham Homes manages 18,000 council homes in Lewisham, operates its own repairs and maintenance company and employs more than 450 staff. It is undertaking a major investment programme to improve homes and local communities as well as building new homes in the borough.


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