We live in an amazing community

There are some amazing things going on in our community…


Vinnies ReSew

I had the very great pleasure on Tuesday night of attending the opening and blessing of Vinnies ReSew – an initiative being run out of the St Vincent De Paul’s site in Kilbirnie, Wellington. It has been established to teach sewing skills to people who have faced challenges in their lives, and who need to upskill themselves in order to increase their potential for employment opportunity. The products that they will be making will mainly go to charitable organisations that they support. They have already collected a good stock of donated fabric, which has been sorted into the most stunning and easily accessible display.

Vinnies ReSew networkWhile there I had the opportunity to network with other people who are doing similar great work. This pic shows myself, with Sarah from Boomerang Bags Wellington, Peter and Trish (and Trish’s children) from The Formary, Caroline from Vinnies ReSew, and Sally from the Sew Good Cooperative which is based out of The Remakery in Naenae.

This amazing collection of people, all have a common goal – of repurposing textile and keeping it from the landfill. There is a teaching/upskilling component to some of these groups, and a very strong desire to produce items for charitable purposes. It was so amazing to see such a huge amount of desire to do good for the community, by doing right by the environment. I applaud each and every one of these people and the initiatives they represent, and felt very humbled to have been in your presence.


Cutting and Sewing day at Vinnies ReSew

Crafty Volunteers is entering into a partnership with some of these organisations (and others) in a project we are calling “Repurposed for Good”, and we will be holding our first Cutting and Sewing day at Vinnies ReSew on Sunday the 19th of November.

rash shirt 2 smallAs mentioned in my last email and blog – we have received 200 Rash Shirts that are no longer fit for purpose, and the organisation that is donating them to us, have asked if they can be repurposed for Foster Hope, and low decile schools, so that kids can be “sun smart” this summer.

We will be cutting the shirts up at the event on the 19th, and we have access to the sewing machines at Vinnies ReSew for those that want to come along and sew. We will also be producing take home packs for people that would prefer to grab a pack and do the sewing at home. As I said last week, we would like the shirts sewn and returned to us by the 10th of December so we can get them distributed to the charities in time for Christmas.

rashshirtcuttingday19nov2017.jpgTherefore we need 3 groups of people to assist us.

  1. Cutters – to come to Vinnies on the 19th to cut fabric – no sewing experience needed (which is great, because I wouldn’t know one end of a sewing machine from the other…)
  2. Sewers – to come to Vinnies on the 19th to start sewing the shirts – you can use their sewing machines, or bring your own (note: there is only one overlocker at Vinnies, and I’m told this sewing would be much easier on an overlocker – but what do I know…)
  3. Sewers – to collect pre-cut packs – to take home to sew, and return by the 10th of December

If you’re available on the day, or can help with at home sewing, it would be HUGELY appreciated.

This little project has been very rapidly pulled together – we were offered the shirts only last week. So I want to offer a big thank you to the people that have helped bring this together.

Next year, we will be bringing a lot more sewing projects your way – so keep an eye out.

Yours – with love, compassion and hope