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Galliagh Sewing Hub opens

Published: Mon, 3 Jul 2017
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Members of Galliagh’s sewing hub enjoying their new portacabin.
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Galliagh Women’s Group opened a new community sewing hub in Derry~Londonderry this week, thanks to our funding.
An outdoor cabin and four new sewing machines were purchased with investment from our Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Rosie Doherty, Co-ordinator of Galliagh Women’s Group, said:
“We had outgrown our community house and needed more space for our members. We hold sewing classes a few times a week and carry out alterations and repairs for the local community.
“The new portacabin is really comfortable and we can fit more people into our classes and take on more repairs. The money we make goes back into the social enterprise so we can offer more services and train up more volunteers.
“Our classes have been a lifeline for many people, getting them out of the house on a regular basis. We recently set up a bereavement group for mums who had lost children and they get together to sew beautiful items like memory cushions and have an opportunity to share their experiences.
“The Housing Executive funding means we can grow our social enterprise and offer local residents these much needed services.”
Galliagh Committee members and volunteers were joined by our representatives Joanna O'Boyce (far right second row standing) and Connor Smith (far right front row standing) at the official opening.
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Connor Smith, from our Social Housing Enterprise Team, said:
“We’re delighted to invest in this social enterprise which helps so many people in the local area through training opportunities, running classes and bringing residents together.”
Since its launch in 2015, we have invested nearly £1million - creating 37 new jobs and supporting a further 24 existing posts - in communities through its Social Housing Enterprise programme.
A further £500,000 will be invested in communities over the coming months via the third round of its investment programme.
Dozens of local projects across Northern Ireland have received grants for a range of social enterprise initiatives including; community cafés, mental health support services and furniture upcycling initiatives.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Social Housing Enterprise programme please contact our team on or log on to our website