We are a social enterprise formed in June 2019 to benefit the community. Our studio is based at the Callendar Square Shopping Centre in Falkirk to benefit the community. In our spacious studio, we provide the right environment to promote sewing and other creative art and craft activities for newcomers, women, children, minority groups including ethnic minorities, LGBTI and anyone who feels they would benefit from inclusion in the project. Ubuntu is our founding principle which speaks to our interconnection as people; I am because you are because we are. We believe that one person cannot be successful if we are not all successful, if one person is excluded we are all missing out. Ubuntu sits at the heart of our approach to creating and nurturing a community. We facilitate and promote the environment for artists and craftspeople to thrive and for community members to develop and learn new skills, end isolation, develop social networks, work with people and engage them to create projects of their design, and we believe that everything fits, be that people coming together or fabrics being sewn together.
Through sewing and supporting creativity, Ubuntu Collaborative brings people of Falkirk together in a safe, fun, inclusive environment, to purposely work together to create, to share and build community which fosters respect and value for all.
Our focus is the place of Falkirk and newcomers within it. We understand newcomers to be a wide-ranging word encompassing (but not exclusive to) those who are new to the area (from the UK and from abroad and propelled by many circumstances), those who are new to searching for employment (such as school leavers, those experiencing redundancy, parents returning to work or seeking rehabilitation) and those new to sewing.
We achieve this through the following activities:-
to promote the use of and provide a service of, sewing and other creative art and craft activities for newcomers, women, children, minority groups including BAME, LGBT and anyone who feels they would benefit from inclusion in the project;
to advance the development of emerging artists and makers by providing low-cost studio space;
to provide work and educational experience and/ or training for those wishing to pursue a career in sewing, tailoring and the creative arts;
to combat social isolation by facilitating people doing creative activities in a shared space, for example ‘Sewing In Company’ where people can work on their own projects in a friendly, inclusive atmosphere;
to provide signposting, moral support and marketing to those who wish to sell their artwork/handmade products;
to ensure that any barriers to participation in any of the above activities, such as the ability to pay are removed;
to advance such similar purposes, promote, establish, operate and/or support others in and develop any other projects, initiatives or activities for the benefit of the community as the directors may consider appropriate.
Our services and activities include:
- Free Community Sewing Club
- Contract Manufacturing of garments and apparel
- Sewing and cutting classes and workshops
- Workspace for artists, craftspeople and creative people
- Online Marketplace
- Showroom and Gallery for creative works
- Shop for knitting supplies, fabric, threads, buttons and accessories
- Community networking and confidence-building sessions
- Training and workshop room hire