Clothing for Change: The Course Clothing for Change (CfC) is our newest course starting in April 2019 Sitting alongside our other educational courses, CfC is a six month vocational course for graduates of our programmes interested in learning the craft of sewing and garment making. The course is split into three structured modules that enables participants to: learn the basics of sewing understand garment construction and learn how to follow commercial sewing patterns create their own garment The course runs for three full days each week at our studio in Camden. Participants will work towards an accredited OCN qualification and will leave with a portfolio of work and valuable workplace skills. Read the course outline A therapeutic sewing project We bring the Foundation for Change approach into CfC, using the process of learning a craft as a way to further build healthy self-esteem. Learning something new can teach us a great deal about ourselves if we are given the space to reflect on the process of learning. Are we getting frustrated by our inability to do something perfectly straight away? Do we think we should just jack it all in as we’ll never get our heads around it? The facilitators – both graduates of the NEXT Project – bring their knowledge of psychology and experience of encouraging self-reflection to CfC so that participants can become aware of their thought patterns and learn to gently work through them. Working through challenging situations, connecting with others, learning a new craft, gaining a qualification and holding (and even wearing!) something you have made yourself provide a massive sense of accomplishment. These all provide evidence of competence and lead to positive shifts in identity that make being in the world that little bit easier. Read Bex's blog to find out more about the project and how it came to be.