In September 2015 local community group Sunshine of Hounslow secured our Big Local Pathway Funding to deliver Sewing and Knitting sessions at the Brabazon Community Centre. The sessions have been very popular and a second class (Friday) was added to the community centre thanks to the Hounslow Area Forum Grant. The group meet every Wednesday from 12.30 to 4.30pm and also Friday 6 to 8.30pm. Sunshine of Hounslow chairperson Mrs Sharnjeet Bhalla is delighted that many local women have got involved with the classes, she said: "Thanks to the Big Local so many women have benefited from coming to these classes. It's not just about sewing and knitting but also about people making new friends, improving their confidence and feeling happier and healthier."
'Connected, proud and creative'
Local resident Lakhwinder said: "I feel more connected with others and also proud of myself. Learning to sew and knit has helped me improve my skills but also to use my creativity to make something nice for my grandchildren."
The group has been making blankets, bags, dresses, children's wear and made our very own Big Local banner (above). If you would like to know more about the project, please contact Sharnjeet on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07878990874.