Volunteer with Second Stitch

27-Jun-2018

At the Second Stitch Studio, we’re always looking for passionate individuals with fashion and textile experience to come on board and support the programs we offer to the community. 

Our refugee and asylum seeker run textile studio and enterprise provides training and employment opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged members of our community. Our talented seamstresses have struggled with various barriers to meaningful employment and have often fled persecution and danger in their own countries to seek a safe haven for themselves and their families in Australia.

By offering a support network and bringing the wider community together, we find that individuals can gain an immense sense of empowerment, inclusion and able to take steps towards leading a dignified existence.

We have a variety of opportunities for you if you are interested in supporting this process and feel that the meaningful relationships that you will develop with our program participants will form a positive impact for the wider community.

Second Stitch operates as part of *Vicseg New Futures,* a not-for-profit community organisation that provides support and training to newly arrived and recently settled migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.




Current Positions                                                                                  

Studio Mentor – Open Seam Project

Tuesdays: 10am - 2pm

4 hours per week (or fortnight)

The ‘Open Seam Project’ has been operating for 12 months and is an open access sewing program running on Tuesdays from 10 am – 2 pm where the doors of the Second Stitch Studio are opened to the wider community.

Participants will first complete some basic training in using domestic machines and then be free to explore their own interests and projects with some informal mentoring and guidance. 

Studio mentors are encouraged to share their wisdom and experience in helping individuals complete their own projects as well as ensuring that proper practices are followed around the use of machines and safety.

Along with the associated benefits of knowing you are helping to build a program that enriches the lives of our participants; Second Stitch volunteers will get access to use our fully equipped studio, have priority to excess donated fabrics and receive discounted venue hire rates for your private events and/or workshops.   

Studio Assistant – General Support

2-4 hours per week (or fortnight)

As the studio offers a wide variety of programs workshops and events, there is always an opportunity to help out in the day to day operations of the space. Many of our program participants also require support and guidance that is wide-ranging and individualised.

Even the simple tasks of applying for a concession card or transferring the address of a utility bill can often be a daunting and difficult proposition for someone who is unfamiliar with accessing services online or still in their early stages of learning English. Unfortunately, many of the support services available to help newly arrived migrants and refugees to navigate these obstacles have been reduced or cut off.  

Skills and experience in fashion and textiles are not required for this position. If you have a warm heart and patient attitude then this role is perfect for you.  

Along with the associated benefits of knowing you are helping to build a program that enriches the lives of our participants; Second Stitch volunteers will get access to use our fully equipped studio, have priority to excess donated fabrics and receive discounted venue hire rates for your private events and/or workshops.   

 

Homework and Literacy Support

Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Afternoons - 2:30pm to 4pm

Wednesday and/or Thursday

1.5 to 3 hours per week (or fortnight)

We have recently commenced delivering an accredited Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production course in partnership with our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) New Futures Training.

This has proven a great pathway for participants who wish to develop their skills in a more structured environment. Due to the differing literacy levels of our participants, the curriculum has been developed with a focus on practical skill development.  

We provide ample opportunity for students to work through their assessment tasks within their structured class times of 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.  Some of our students, however, benefit greatly from the chance to reinforce their learning, in particular, some of the language and terminology that is present in their assessment tasks.  

Along with the associated benefits of knowing you are helping to build a program that enriches the lives of our participants; Second Stitch volunteers will get access to use our fully equipped studio, have priority to excess donated fabrics and receive discounted venue hire rates for your private events and/or workshops.    



FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
[email protected] or call 03 9354 2193