Mental Health Awareness Week At Redmond Community Centre

On 16th May 2018 Fashion Enter visited Redmond Community Centre, a local charitable social enterprise who deliver and help other organisations to deliver community services which are value for money and create lasting benefits.

Ana, our Stitching Academy tutor and Julia Pattern cutting tutor, arranged an interactive workshop for our info booth. They were invited by Charlotte Donovan, project officer at the Manor House Development Trust.

The group were absolutely fantastic and could readily see the importance of working on technical skills with the courses run by Fashion Enter and their Fashion Technology Academy. We look forward to meet those who completed our Expression of interest form to visit our facilities and live factory environment!

Other organisations such as Active WithinMind Body Balance, NHS Foundation Trust, Peter BradfordSHC group, Volunteering Matters were present on the day.

The main courses are:

Perfect Patterns level 1 and 2: The level 1 course does not require previous experience. Within five weeks you will learn the fundamentals of pattern making: how to draft blocks and use them to create your patterns. You will practice taking standard and personal measurements and apply them to your patterns effectively. We will teach you using a range of methods and techniques including the unique Telestia system. The level 2 course will allow you to build on the knowledge from the level 1 and produce a range of valuable, in demand and technical pattern drafting and cutting skills within a ten week period. There are four units learners will be working towards and a writing assignment element also.

STITCHING Academy Level 1 and 2 – The level 1 Stitching course does not require previous experience. Within six weeks, you will learn how to make garments using an industrial sewing machines and how to operate them safely. The level 2 Stitching course will allow them to build on the knowledge from the level 2 and produce a more complex garment within a twelve week period. There are five units learners will be working towards and a writing assignment element also.
Progression opportunities from our level 2 courses would be joining a level 3 apprenticeship programme which is 18 months long and equivalent of two A levels. You would be required to work four days a week with an employer and one day train with us towards the qualification.

Ana said: ‘It was a very family oriented event, many children did some designs and asked lots of questions about garment making. The staff was lovely and looked after us well. Other providers were also interested in what we do, and exchanged flyers to potentially work together in future.’

The FTA was set up by a grant from Haringey Council and a soft loan from and in line with recent CBI reports issued in July 2018 there is real optimism and confidence in the world of manufacturing today. 47% of manufacturers interviewed confirmed that their orders were up on the year compared to just 17% who said their orders were down.

The FTA opens their doors to all local providers and social interest groups that want to upskill their attendees. Haringey is undertaking a major transformation and Fashion Enter is proud to be part of the regeneration of Haringey Council.