Wear And Repair – Mending courses funded by Sussex Community Foundation’s Rampion Fund

Earlier this year we received some funding from The Rampion Fund – you might know Rampion by the windfarms they have just off the local coastline. Rampion now generates enough sustainable electricity to power a whopping 350,000 homes.

Receiving funding from an environmental organisation like this aligns perfectly with our values as an organisation focussed on sustainability

Wear and Repair Courses
We are holding a series of six week courses for local people who are on a low income to come and learn how to mend their clothes. Currently we are on course two, and will start the third group in mid February.
Have a look at the page on our website for more information, and our expression of interest form if you would like to join

One of our tutors Jayne Eagle leads the hand mending sessions supported by Laura O’Sullivan who leads on the machine mending

What do people learn on a course?

  1. Simple hand sewing for repairs – knotting thread to fabric,  running stitch,  backsitch, ladder stitch (joining seams), sewing on a button
  2. Patching – hand sewing
  3. Darning – hand sewing
  4. Stretch clothing repairs
  5. Basic machine mending 
  6. Applique – machine darning

Some recent feedback from course participants

“I now feel significantly more confident in mending my own clothes at home. This course has helped me mend a variety of tears across many different fabrics, and I will 100% be using my newfound skills to help my clothes last longer!”

“I have very low self esteem. It’s been a great feeling learning new things that challenge me”

What’s next?
The Wear and Repair project will continue to run until Summer 2024

Can’t join the course?
Come to our Friday Mending Drop In – we run this every week during term time from 1-3pm
Pay by donation
Information and dates can be found here

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