Roots offers a number of programmes which supports those in need to greater inclusion

and self-determination and provides opportunities for social community engagement and learning.

Programmes include:

Skills taster session; Try-it 4 week courses; mentoring and counselling; training referrals.

More information can be found here in our leaflet.

Works of Love is the Creative Roots Programme established in 2016 with support from RPLC and Pret A Manger.  Weekly activities operate from:  Unit 8, Dickson House, Cambrian Rd, Richmond, TW10 6SP.

Beginner and advanced sewing courses are offered where participants are trained to recycle and upcycle beautiful “works of love”, some of which are sold to raise funds for the charity.  Volunteer tutor Ilona shares her life-long passion for sewing with those in need, moving them forward in confidence and self esteem through teaching practical sewing skills. Trainees gain accreditation certificates in the skills learnt which are awarded by AQA a national vocational and educational accreditation body. For future course dates please contact Desiree on 020 84399735.

We offer the following courses

 Beginners sewing course:

A 3 day course from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Wednesday.  This is offered 4 times a year.  You will receive an AQA qualification on completion of the course.

 Advanced sewing course:

A 3 day course from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Wednesday.  This is offered 4 times a year. You will receive an AQA qualification on completion of the course.

 What happens at the end of the course …

 Some of our participants are happy to continue coming to social sewing and project time.  Others wish to gain new skills, or put their sewing skills to use.

Works of Love offers the following workshops:-

 Skills development workshop:

An opportunity to learn new skills eg. Embroidery; felting; dressmaking; crocheting and craft making.  Every Monday from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

 Social sewing:

A chance to get together and bring personal projects that you want to work on.  We are very happy to open our doors and facilities to you, and our trainers will support you.

Every Thursday from 9.30 am until 12.30pm. 

 Project time:

A chance to get together to work on products for fundraising projects which will help to raise money for the Vineyard Community Centre. Guidance from trainers is available.

Every Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

 What sort of projects will we work on …

 Right from the beginning, we like to make something useful. We also try to ‘upcycle’, by using spare or recycled material from local donations.

Fundraising projects help raise money for the Vineyard Community Centre and contribute to the rent and running costs of the sewing studio.

Handcrafted bags by local women.

Nada, one of our first trainees, with her AQA certificates.

Carol makes a tote bag at the first ‘Works of Love’ sewing workshop.

Liferay, a digital Solutions company, asked our Team to make two hundred bags which were used as a conference bag for their annual conference.

Works of love fully lined and individually crafted tote bags are for sale at the Vineyard Community Centre charity shop priced at just £10. Watch below a short video of our training project and how these bags are made.

With thanks to:

The Pret Foundation for supporting Works of Love with the purchase of our new sewing machines.

Richmond Parish Lands for support with our premises.