Port Talbot Women's Aid hosts fashion show in bid to raise funds and give users skills
WOMEN have been helping to raise money for a Port Talbot charity, by designing exclusive clothing.
Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid held a series of workshops with some of their clients, in a bid to branch out into innovative social enterprise and raise vital funds for the charity.
Beautiful on a Budget engaged women, including service users, as volunteers - enabling them to gain new skills and experience at the same time as helping us to raise much-needed funds to further enable work by the charity.
The enterprise makes money from selling donated clothing, some of which is improved by the beneficiaries, who have volunteered to assist with the project.
Profit is re-invested back into the project and the continuation of our essential services.
Some of the clothing was made out of old ties and jeans.
The project was made possible by start-up funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government’s Collaborative Communities initiative.
Neath Port Talbot Community Safety Partnership and TATA Steel also made donations.
As well as providing service users with additional skills, the project allows them to learn about recycling.
Gemma Nicholls, social enterprise co-ordinator, said: "PTAWA was proud to present its first Beautiful on a Budget Fashion Show, showcasing the generous clothing donations received and the wonderful creative skills of our team.
"Blanco’s Hotel allowed free use of their premises for the Fashion Show, the event was a huge success, attended by more than 100 people.
"The reaction was incredibly positive on the night.”
The evening raised more than £800 for the charity.
"These funds will enable us to sustain the project, continue essential services and put together welcome packs of much needed essentials for women and children who arrive at our emergency refuge," added Ms Nicholls.