Chance to take part in project to sew tapestry banner celebrating all … – Champion Newspapers

Sewing project aims to celebrate all that’s good about our town

Henry James

PEOPLE from across Skelmersdale are being invited to take part in a project to sew a huge tapestry banner celebrating all that’s good about their community – with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing in the process.

The Sewing Rooms, a partner in Well Skelmersdale, has received funding of £8,250 from The Big Lottery to support a series of two-hour Skelmersdale Sew Fab Extravaganza Project events.

These will be held in a variety of community venues and health centres across the town so that everyone who wants to participate can do so.

People of all ages will be encouraged to sew a small leaf, flower, or letter made from fabric onto the main tapestry banner.

The events will be held at Tanhouse Community Centre on Wednesday, April 19, The Concourse on Friday, April 21, Sandy Lane Community Shop on Tuesday, April 25 and the Sewing Rooms on Wednesday, April 26. All events will run from 11am to 1pm.

Paula Gamester, founder of The Sewing Rooms, a social enterprise which helps people improve their health, wellbeing and job prospects through learning sewing skills, said: “During the events we will actively encourage participants to do mindful sewing.

“We will have soothing music playing in the background to create a calming experience for the participants, encouraging them to concentrate on the task in hand and to be in the moment.

“The end product will be a magnificent tapestry banner made out of textiles that celebrates Skelmersdale and depicts the town, our people and community in a positive way.”

The theme of the banner is Take Notice which is one of the New Economics Foundation’s Five ways to wellbeing.

Paula hopes the finished banner will be displayed in the Sandy Lane Health Centre, and unveiled at a special celebration to which all the participants plus civic dignitaries will be invited.

Paula commented: “We are so excited about this project and feel that it is an amazing way to bring the community together, helping people to learn new skills and contribute to a work of art that will be seen and celebrated in years to come by the whole community.”

Sam Tunney, chief executive of Well North, added: “Well done to Paula on having such a great idea and for getting the support of The Big Lottery. This is a brilliant example of social prescribing, and the proven benefits it can bring to individuals and communities.

“Apart from the obvious benefits that learning the skill of sewing brings in terms of being able to make do and mend and so save money, sewing allows people to relax from the everyday pressures of life; and enhances their self esteem when they demonstrate their creativity.”

For more information contact Paula Gamester at


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