Your tax deductible donation will go towards supporting our training and social support programs.
Donations and funding enable us to provide:
1. The Social Studio School
Our Certificate III & IV training in clothing production and design in partnership with RMIT School of Fashion, along with our range of vocational training programs in retail, beauty and career development, are offered free of charge and provides a supportive and flexible learning environment for students who have struggled in mainstream schooling. The School does not generate revenue for the business, and requires funding to cover the costs of teaching staff, enrolment fees, materials and overheads such as insurance, rent and utilities.
2. Paid traineeships in retail and fashion
Our paid traineeships in retail and fashion offer young people a combination of income, work experience and formally recognised Certificate training which gives them a stepping stone to employment in the wider world. These positions are integral to the operation of our enterprise, however they incur additional costs above and beyond the normal means of a small business, including paid training time for trainees, teaching fees, materials and resources. Each traineeship costs the Studio approximately $3,000 per annum, in addition to the wages we pay to the trainees.
3. Social support programs
The Studio offers a variety of support programs for free, including financial counselling, migration advice, legal advice, driving lessons, English language development, work experience in Administration, Book keeping, Accounting, Marketing and Event Management. These programs rely on donations and funding.
4. Arts programs
Our events are wonderful building blocks for creative expression, self-esteem, cultural pride and community engagement. Each event showcases local talent in music, dance, and of course fashion! We run creative programs and short courses in fashion, styling, dance, modeling and visual art.
5. Advocacy for the skills and capacity of migrant and refugee communities.
Our website, studio, shop and events all provide a showcase of the wonderful talents of our young designers, and encourage the community to embrace multiculturalism and diversity. We use a variety of media including web, print and marketing campaigns to increase public awareness about the settlement support needs of new and emerging migrant communities, along with raising awareness about sustainability and ethical fashion.
We are happy to receive fabric donations. We prefer fabric on the roll to small off-cuts. Please contact us to discuss your donation, so we can ensure we have adequate storage space and discuss logistics of delivery.
We accept the following materials:
- Fabrics of all kinds preferably pieces that are 1m + or on rolls, and clean.
- Notions (including: buttons, thread, bias tape, ribbon, zippers, needles, trim, etc)
- Sewing books
- Sewing related materials: cutting mats, scissors, quilting materials.
- Unused patterns
- Quilting materials and tools
- Domestic and industrial sewing machines in good order
- Professional irons
We do not accept:
- Patterns that have been cut out
- Clothing (new or used)
- Bedding or curtains
- Partially assembled projects
- Scrap remnants
We are a small organization and are not able to pick up your donations.
You can drop off your donations during our shop business hours: 10:30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday
Contact us: 03 9417 2143