“The connection with creativity, and new friendships, have changed my life” - GMMH and homelessness charity team up on fashion upcycling project
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and Emmaus, the charity working at ending homelessness, have joined forces on an ‘Arts for Good Health’ project.
The Reworx course, led by Mia Nisbet, Wellbeing Arts Tutor at GMMH’s Recovery Pathways service, uses surplus second-hand clothes provided by Emmaus, to upcycle and redesign into fashion products, which are then donated back to Emmaus to sell in their charity shop to help raise funds for homelessness.
The course supports GMMH service users to improve their mental health and wellbeing by connecting with others, learning new creative design skills, and contributing towards a shared charitable goal.
The project also aims to help the environment and reduce harmful textile waste, by promoting the practice of recycling, repurposing, and engaging in a no-waste circular economy.
The first pilot of the Reworx project ran from May to October 2022. Service users on the course were taught to transform old denim clothes into up-cycled patchwork bags.
The course was received brilliantly by the participants.
The up-cycled patchwork bags are now displayed and on sale in Emmaus’ charity shop floor in St. Andrews Church, Wythenshawe.
Mia has now started running a second Reworx course, located at START, Cornbrook Enterprise Centre, Hulme; and another three courses are scheduled to run throughout 2023.
For enquiries regarding attending the Arts For Good Health Reworx course, please contact Recovery Pathways via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07436 560917. For more information about Recovery Pathways, visit: www.gmmh.nhs.uk/recovery-pathways.