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Stitch in time for Wirral (2nd May 2012)

Wirral tenants have been learning how to sew under a novel scheme designed to teach them new skills so they can get extra life from their old clothes.

The group of ten tenants from across Wirral spent five weeks learning to sew after their landlord, Wirral Partnership Homes, won a community grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority.

Wirral Partnership Homes Resident Involvement Officer Lynn Ryder said: “Lots of people were talking about recycling cans and batteries. When I suggested recycling old clothes as well people said they didn’t know how to sew – that’s how the project came about.”

The scheme, which showed tenants a wide range of needlework skills, has proved so popular that there is now a waiting list for future sessions and the original ten students are to pass on their newly acquired skills by holding demonstrations on the estates where they live.

The £2,000 Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) community fund grant paid for sewing machines and other equipment as well as needlework lessons.

MRWA chief executive Carl Beer said: “It’s great that the scheme is proving so successful. What’s so fantastic is that it is saving people money at the same time as teaching new skills and encouraging recycling as well.”

The organisers are now planning to stage a fashion show to show off their handiwork in conjunction with Wirral Lifelong and Family Learning Services, which provided the needlework lessons.

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Notes to editors:

The image show residents at one of the sewing workshops.

Of the Community Resource Action Fund, 75 percent is funded by MRWA, and 25 percent funded by Veolia Environmental Services.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.

Further information from Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505