The team at Dressability are about to embark on a big project to help children with disabilities and they need your help, now.
“If you only have an hour a week or two hours a month to spare, we’d love to hear from you,” said Andrea Hawker, marketing and fundraising co-ordinator.
Volunteers at Dressability, founded in 1998 by Sian Barrie, Lizzie Jenkins and the late Tim Kilminster, alter and adapt clothing to suit the needs of people with disabilities.
Sian retired from the project in May but not before she had secured a £8,000 grant from Children in Need.
The money will be used to support 50 disabled children, giving them access to fashionable clothes adapted to suit their individual needs and work started in earnest in September.
Pictured: Sharon Tombs, left, and Andrea Hawker with a few of the garments that have to be adapted to meet the Children in Need grant criteria.
The work with children is a new venture and the team at Dressability have a year to complete the project.
“We need more competent, volunteer dressmakers,” said Sharon Tombs who took over from Sian as manager in June.
Sharon has a background in office management and brings to the project her lifelong love of sewing along with her experience of working with Swindon Borough Council’s Children’s Services Department.
The work of the charity is to be featured in a film being made by the BBC to promote support for Children in Need, so there’s even more pressure to deliver on the promise made in the grant application earlier this year.
Dressability is based at York House, Edison Park, Dorcan but new volunteers can work from home if they so choose.
For details call Sharon or Andrea on 512878.