Material Girls raise £440 at KAYA Festival!

Aug 18 2015

Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s (PTAWA) innovative Social Enterprise, Material Girls, raised £440 at a pop-up boutique stall trading their range of Pre-loved, Vintage and Up-cycled fashion at KAYA World Music and Art Festival in Margam Park from Friday 7th – Sunday 9th of August.

The stall was run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, who also helped create up-cycled fashion at Material Girls weekly up-cycling volunteering sessions. Material Girls, funded by WCVA’s Volunteering in Wales Fund, aims to empower women with skills and confidence whilst saving the environment and breaking the cycle of Domestic Abuse.

The pop-up boutique was an amazing way of promoting the Social Enterprise and the services of PTAWA whilst raising much needed funds and up-skilling volunteers with event planning, customer service and sales skills.

PTAWA’s Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator, Holly Aspey, was thrilled with the funds raised at KAYA and the impact the festival had on the Material Girls volunteers:

“KAYA festival was an amazing opportunity for our Material Girls volunteers to learn new skills in fundraising and event planning whilst enjoying a weekend of sunshine and entertainment. It was fantastic for our volunteers to see the items they had handmade, over the last few months, being sold and worn at the festival.”

Lucy Holmes, Director of PTAWA added:

“Our Social Enterprise is all about empowering women with skills and confidence whilst raising funds – this festival incorporated all our aims and more. All our volunteers left the festival feeling proud and excited to create more up-cycled items. We hope to be invited back to the festival next year!”

Material Girls recycle donated clothing by up-cycling tired items and repairing and reviving vintage items; saving them from a tragic end in landfill. All proceeds raised by Material Girls are either reinvested in the Enterprise or funds vital services of PTAWA.

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or find out more information about Material girls please contact Holly Aspey, Social Enterprise and Marketing Coordinator,

Tel: 01639 894864 Email: hollya@ptwa.org.uk

 

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KAYA

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KAYA

Michael Sheen Supports Material Girls!

Aug 16 2015

Famous Actor, Michael Sheen, has sent his support for our Social Enterprise, Material Girls, over Twitter. Michael Sheen’s hometown is Port Talbot and we’re delighted that he has retweeted our volunteer recruitment day poster to his 200,000 followers over Twitter – Excellent promotion – Thank you Micheal!

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen

Material Girls – Volunteering in Wales Fund Success!

Aug 16 2015

Volunteering in Wales Fund Success!

PTAWA has been successful in its application to the WCVA administered Volunteering in Wales Fund. PTAWA is set to receive £18,873 from the fund to help support our innovative social enterprise project, Material Girls. The money will help to sustain and grow the project until June 2016. There are ambitious plans in place to recruit 50 new volunteers to help support Material Girls, which has already enjoyed success within the local community. To find out more about the work of the social enterprise visit www.material-girls.co.uk.

If you would like to become a Material Girls volunteer there are a number of roles requiring a wide range of skills such as sewing, marketing, design, photography and clothes assistants. For more information please contact hollya@ptwa.org.uk

Annual Fundraising Fashion Show

Nov 10 2014
Annual Fundraising Fashion Show

We held our second annual fundraising fashion show on Thursday 6th of November at The Gwyn Hall in Neath.  Helen Enser Morgan, local radio presenter, singer and actress, hosted the fashion show making the event extra special and entertaining.  We were honoured that Suzy Davies (AM), Darren Nichols (Chairman of Neath Chamber of Trade) and Rachel Moses-Lloyd (The Evening Post) accept their invitations to attend the show. Our volunteer models confidently showcased our vintage, pre-loved and up-cycled fashion that had been donated to our project and up-cycled by creative volunteers at Port Talbot and Afan Women’s Aid’s office and NSA Afan’s community development centre. Thanks was given to the amazing ladies that give up their time and skills each week to create up-cycled outfits. The room was lined with stalls from 12 café, Neath Port Talbot Roller Derby, Miss.Chievious Gladrags and a pop-up boutique from Beautiful on a Budget. The evening ended with a set from the all-girl band Aisha and the Astronauts. Our Social Enterprise is thrilled to announce that we raised £724 on this evening and we’re now planning a fundraising Christmas Calendar of the volunteer models, including Helen Enser Morgan, Miss Neath Port Talbot and Miss Teen Wales, wearing vintage and up-cycled clothing. There will also be a jumble sale coming up to raise more funds at 12 Café, Taibach and NSA Afan’s Community Development Centre in Sandfields.

If you’re interested in volunteering or donating fashion items to our Social Enterprise please contact Holly on 01639 894864 for more information.

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Fashion Show

 

 

Fashion Show

 

Fashion Show

Fashion Show

From Rags To Riches

Oct 02 2014

Take 5 minutes to check our latest source of inspiration fresh from our From Rags To Riches section.

#2 Sue Wong – From Communist China to Fashion Icon.

Sue Wong was born in southern China in 1949, and was raised solely by her mother, as her father had moved to America before she was born. At the age of 5, Wong and her mother escaped communist China after bribing a boarder control officer with her mother’s wedding jewellery in order to enter Hong Kong. After a year or so living in Hong Kong, the mother and daughter travelled to America where they were reunited with Wong’s father in Los Angeles.

Sue Wong made her first item of clothing at the age of 9 years old, a blouse she made from her mother’s Singer using a piece of fabric and some lace. During high school, Sue Wong designed and made herself a new dress to wear to each weekly dance of the school year. Even her prom dress was of her own design, as she sewed beads into a bodice.

Wong started her fashion career as an intern at Arpeja, which was a popular designer during the 60s and 70s. Following a failed attempt to start a boutique business in 1970, she returned to Arpeja in 1976 to undertake the role of Head Designer on their Young Edwardian line. By 1977 she had increased Arpeja’s sales by 10% to $50 million.

Following another failed attempt to start her own company, Wong finally found success by starting her own clothing line in 1984. Sue Wong Studio S, inc. has since made a big name for itself, wearers of Sue Wong’s designs include Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Tyra Banks to name just a few.

If Sue Wong’s story has anything to teach the rest of us it is surely that with talent and determination, there’s no limit to what we might achieve.