Careworks Sewing, a community-based sewing and alteration program, is named after the larger organization it belongs to, the not for profit entity Northern Community Careworks Ltd.
Careworks Sewing started in 2016 as an alteration and sewing program in partnership with the Careworks Op shop, making made-to-measure and made-to-order products. Their first project was the creation of 90 costumes for Croxton Specialist School.
Careworks Sewing also works with local schools and other community establishments, making items like costumes, as well as running another business called Breathe Easy Bags, which uses recycled and donated fabrics to reusable cloth bags. Careworks Sewing products are sold onsite directly through the activity room on Hight St, Preston, through Careworks op shops and at partnership organisations.
The company’s goal is to be an empowering social enterprise offering quality community work placements for those who may be experiencing barriers to employment. The supervisor works with around 20 participants at the Preston site and seeks to strengthen communication, confidence and self worth with her team while offering creative and innovative design opportunities. Their partnership with Global Sisters aligns with their mission of empowering women in any possible in finding meaningful work.