Women gain "Sew Much More" at Good Shepherd Community House St Albans
28 July 2017
More than 48 women across Brimbank Melton have fine-tuned their tailoring skills and learned the basics of running a small business since Good Shepherd launched its advanced sewing skills program “Sew Much More” in 2014.
Available at Good Shepherd Community House St Albans, the Sew Sew program takes women through the basics of sewing. After completing Sew Sew, women can enrol in Sew Much More to learn about advanced techniques such as pattern making and dress design.
During the Sew Much More program, women can attend small business workshops to learn how to turn their tailoring skills into profit. Workshops cover the basics of small business ownership, such as how to obtain an ABN, set price points or promote their services.
Hilary Lynch, Community Services Development Worker at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, is closely involved in the programs and believes they provide women with more than just sewing skills.
"Our Sew Sew and Sew Much More programs provide women with pathways to further income and employment so they can improve their choices, outcomes and opportunities in life," she said.
"Often the women who attend our programs have experienced trauma arising from family violence, displacement or mental health issues.
"Seeing them develop, blossom and grow through their involvement at Good Shepherd Community House is truly remarkable."
As part of the Good Shepherd network, women involved in Sew Sew and Sew Much More have the opportunity to access further Good Shepherd programs and services. These include the Brimbank Melton Family Violence Program, Firmer Foundations (a financial coaching course for women) and financial counselling.
Good Shepherd is currently taking expressions of interest for Sew Sew Term 4, 2017. If you or someone you know wishes to participate, please contact Hilary Lynch on Hilary.Lynch@goodshep.org.au or 03 8312 8807.
Some of the beautiful dresses made by the Term 2, 2017 "Sew Much More" group