Old 2 new - southampton solent university

giving the unemployed an opportunity to earn an income from up-cycling and regenerating old clothes

new local, social enterprise - TACKLING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 1: no poverty

 

seeing opportunity

We found that fashion students at our university have to do 100 hours of voluntary work experience before they can graduate – We decided to tap into this resource and into the interest in fashion that many young people have and created a project around it.

We have developed a three stage plan in the development of the young people. The first stage is we hold a clothing drive, collecting old and unwanted clothing from local students.

project Process

We separate this clothing into two piles with the beneficiaries, high quality and low quality. The low quality clothing is used as part of the first stage, where our fashion students mentor and teach the beneficiaries (on a one to one basis) how to up-cycle the clothes and how to sew and tailor, the beneficiaries are then free to keep this clothing or to donate it to a charity shop. The second stage occurs when they beneficiary is trained to a sufficient standard, we estimate this takes about a month. In the second stage the beneficiaries up-cycle and recycle the high quality clothing and we then sell it on Depop (trading app) or within the local store where they will be up-cycling the clothing. This money all goes back into the project to buy more materials. The third and final stage has two branches.

The first is that the beneficiaries are offered the chance to create their own ‘fashion line’ where they use the clothes but sell them on themselves after media and photography training from us, allowing them to make an income for themselves. If they chose to do this we will also ask them to come back and train up the new beneficiaries coming into the program, this will create a sustainability for the project such that eventually we will be able to leave it to work largely on its own. Alternatively, the beneficiaries can move to our other project Bright Horizons and complete the employ-ability program when we can then refer them either to further education or to a potential employer through already established links. The project as a whole meets the needs of our beneficiaries as it helps give them means to earn money to deal with their homelessness, it gives them exposure to external people to help them learn how to better integrate into society and it offers the opportunity to learn how to harness the knowledge gained within the project to get a job or further education.

Milestones

·         Clothes drive in December 2016-January 2017

·         Launch in January 2017

·         Training the first round of beneficiaries will take a month (Finish by February 2017)

·         The beneficiaries will then make the clothing to be sold on with the fashion students (February – April 2017)

·         The beneficiaries will then make their own products or move across projects (April 2017 – Onwards)

·         The beneficiaries who are staying to make their own products will train up the next group of new beneficiaries (April 2017-May 2017)

·         Ideation on scaling and expanding the project (September 2017)

·         Scaling begins whilst normal pattern running in the university (October 2017-April 2018)

 

key Statistics

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Aiming for 2+ Empowered

Aiming for 10+ Directly Impacted