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Volunteer Sewers needed for Artizan International

Volunteer Sewers needed for Artizan International
Artizan International
Description of the role:

We are looking for experienced sewers who are able to help us from home by sewing products for our shop. These products will eventually be made at our projects in Peru & Ecuador, but while we continue to train our artisans overseas we need help here in Harrogate to get our shop fully stocked. We will be giving sewing projects such as; wash bags, purses, pencil cases, pin cushions, hand sanitizer pouches and much more...

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

You will need to be a skilled sewer to take on this volunteering opportunity.

Practical information:

We can provide a sewing project every other week and leave you to work on it as much or as little as you like. We would ask that you could allow at least 2hrs per week to sew.

We prepare sewing packs on a Monday so there is always something for you to sew.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 17+
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
39 Oxford Street
North Yorkshire
Last updated: 04.01.2022
Organisation Information

‚ÄčArtizan International (originally named Craft Aid International) was founded in 2013 by Susie Hart MBE, on returning to Harrogate after 10 years of life and work in Tanzania, East Africa, where she set up a social enterprise called Neema Crafts. This centre provides training and employment for people with disabilities who would otherwise be street begging to earn a living. Having started with three deaf trainees when she began, on a start-up budget of just ¬£400, by the time she left the centre was employing over 120 people with a huge range of disabilities, all of whom are now able to support themselves and their families with dignity and pride.

Susie set up Artizan International on returning home, to pass on this model to other developing countries where people with disabilities are still living in poverty. She also found that differently-able people in the UK are often very socially isolated.

So, as an organisation we got started by running free weekly therapeutic crafts sessions for adults with disabilities in the community in Harrogate and Leeds. We also worked with long-term hospital inpatients at Harrogate and Ripon hospitals, and ran after school clubs for children with special needs too.

We create beautiful, joy-giving, artisan-made cards, gifts, jewellery and home accessories .
Visit our Oxford Street shop for fair-trade, high quality products, made ethically and mindfully in Ecuador and Peru.