Thames Valley Partnership

Out of the Box - OOTBOx

OOTBox up-cycles clothing that is either too worn or inappropriate to be given to the people we support, into individual bespoke fashion accessories and home furnishing. Items are produced and sold by vulnerable women who are not work ready increasing skills and self esteem and employability.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1031545)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£7,531

Donations

45

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • OtherOther

    Helping

Location

  • The sessions are really fun, with lots of variety. I love the people, thank you for everything.

    — Katie - participant

  • I am very impressed by the standard of work being achieved by this project, and would recommend anyone to support them and purchase their products

    — Joan - customer

  • The sessions are really fun, with lots of variety. I love the people, thank you for everything.

    — Katie - participant

  • I am very impressed by the standard of work being achieved by this project, and would recommend anyone to support them and purchase their products

    — Joan - customer

Situation

OOTBox supports vulnerable women who are at risk of social exclusion and who are not able or ready to return to the work force, either due to physical or mental health problems. The women we support are come from a multitude of backgrounds including homeless women, women with mental health problems, substance misuse problems, or who have been involved in the criminal justice system.

Solution

Working with the local women's centre and in a specialised workshop, we provide safe places for women to come and develop their creative sides. The women learn to sew and make items for sale and are involved in the direct sales to the public, increasing self-esteem and skills in customer service leading to increased self confidence, increased skills and employability. In the past year 3 women out of 20 participants have returned to work; 2 setting up their own businesses.