FARA launches the latest range of TOTES FOR EVERYONE in selected FARA shops* and online from Thursday 24th November. This is the story behind these beautifully designed and rather virtuous bags that are TOTALLY made in London from fabric donated to FARA Charity Shops by women in prison.
Money from the sale of the totes and purses will contribute towards FARA’s outreach scheme to help disadvantaged young women develop parenting and life skills which is a part of FARA’s internationally accredited FOYER training programme. Since FARA launched the TOTES FOR EVERYONE in late April 2016 funds raised have helped to set up a pilot project in Bucharest. The Community Corner is at present supporting seven young mothers with guidance and information in creating a safe and nurturing home for their young families – everything from parenting skills, health support, living and accommodation advice.
Carmen Pop, leader at FARA’s FOYER centre said: “The most important objective for us is for them to understand how to raise and, of course love their children unconditionally.”
The women prisoners who made the bags for FARA attend a Fashion and Manufacturing Unit, a social enterprise set up by the London College of Fashion, UAL and the Ministry of Justice. The Unit was set up not only not only to help with offender reintegration into society on release, but also to fill a recognised skills gap in UK fashion manufacturing.
“When I came into the Unit I really wanted to learn a new skill as I had never had a job or worked before. I couldn’t read or write and so I was attracted to fashion manufacturing as it was a practical skill. After only 6 months I’ve really started to pick this up and I am now determined to work in this area when I get out. My mum was ‘a sewer’ and I can really see a future in this for me. I have a few years left in prison and so I intend to take in and learn as much as I can to help me when I am released.” Patricia
Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Arts London said “As Head of London College of Fashion i have a long standing commitment to working with the National Offender Management Service and know that education is a key factor in the rehabilitation process and keeping people out of prison. Social enterprises such as ours give individuals a chance to become independent and contribute to society in a more positive way.”
Of the collaboration with FARA Charity Shops she said:
“I always love seeing projects that combine fashionable design and social responsibility and this scheme we undertook with charity FARA is exactly that.” Read the full article here francescorner.com/2016/05/fara-totes-for-everyone/
Buy TOTES FOR EVERYONE online now at www.faracharityshops.org/faraOnlineExclusives.php