New project offers a creative future for local women

BAVS chief officer Kathy Cremin
BAVS chief officer Kathy Cremin

Berwickshire women are being offered a new way to think about their futures in creative industries and social enterprise.

ReTweed’s founder, Hazel Smith was inspired by the need for creative employment and enterprise opportunities for women in rural areas: “At a time when welfare reform cuts are impacting most acutely on women and those who are vulnerable, we need to provide innovative solutions to promoting social and economic justice. “ReTweed offers that opportunity and since we are using 70% recycled materials, we’re also protecting the environment.

“It’s a win-win all round.”

Berwickshire Association of Voluntary Service is supporting the project and has been joined by a range of funders and partners to form ReTweed, offering basic skills in craft, design and technology.

It gets underway in Eyemouth at the beginning of next month, giving every student the chance to learn how to use a sewing machine and create a range of furnishings, fashions and crafts which will be sold to raise money to take ReTweed forward as a social enterprise, promoting community good.

Kathy Cremin of BAVS said: “All ReTweed students will be supported to identify their creative skills and strengths and partners in Business Gateway, Borders College and across the Borders community will work with us to support opportunities for further learning and career pathways, including promoting opportunities for students to develop their own enterprises whilst simultaneously growing the potential for an outstanding creative business (ReTweed) for Berwickshire.”

For further information on becoming a student, volunteering with, or donating material, contact hazel.retweed@gmail.com or kathy.cremin@bavs.org.uk