Boost for Local Charity - MY CHANCE

Love Loughborough has donated £400 to My Chance, a local charity that runs creative workshops for residents and vulnerable members of the community in textiles, sewing, upcycling and furniture restoration. 

Based at the Falcon Centre in Loughborough, My Chance’s aim is to reuse many of the donated items that come in to the centre to create new items to sell as well as teaching new skills to residents in sewing and furniture upcycling. 

One of Love Loughborough’s member businesses, LOFT Clothing in Ashby Square, receives items from My Chance to sell and the shop also provides a foundation for residents to volunteer and go on to secure work placements and employment. 

Love Loughborough donated the money from their Business Support fund which is set up to help new business start-ups in the town centre, as well as current town centre businesses that have been operating for less than 3 years. The Business Support fund was recently boosted by a donation from Marks and Spencer through the BITC’s Healthy High Streets programme. 

Jen Johnson from My Chance said: “We are really pleased to receive this money, it will help us to buy a new sewing machine. Our creative workshops provide an opportunity for residents to learn new crafts in a relaxed and stimulating environment, boost confidence and reduce social isolation. We can see as many as 6 participants in a daily workshop. 

“Many participants have never used sewing machines before and this experience helps them to go on to make clothes and bags.” 

Malcolm Heaven, BITC Business Connector, said: “I've seen the fabulous work done by My Chance so it's great that M&S and Love Loughborough have been working together to support them. 

“In creating the LOFT vintage clothes shop, the Falcon Centre have created jobs, filled an empty unit, and most importantly driven a confidence and upskilling in their customer base. 

“The concept of upcycling and creating products to sell through a modern retail outlet is a big step forward from the traditional charity shop, and I wish them every success.”