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Passion 4 Fashion Kirklees

Would you like to take part in an exciting new project, get some work experience and find out how a fashion show is put together?

Passion 4 Fashion

Passion 4 Fashion

Would you like to design and make your own clothes? Do you want to be a part of what promises to be the fashion event of the year?

Passion 4 Fashion Kirklees is an exciting new initiative aimed at helping unemployed people in Kirklees with an interest in fashion to gain a variety of skills, from clothing design and sewing to budgeting and teamwork, with the aim of helping them find their way into employment or further training.

The project is being delivered by a partnership led by Connect Housing, along with Kirklees Council, Together Housing, Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Sadeh Lok Housing Group and Headrow Ltd.

Starting on February 27, up to 80 participants will attend a series of five workshops over six weeks, at a range of venues across Kirklees.

Working with local designers, participants will learn about fashion design, receive expert tuition and coaching and be encouraged as they design and create their own catwalk outfit exclusively recycled (or up-cycled) from charity shops, on a budget of just £20 per person.

Advisers from Jobcentre Plus, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and the Citizens Advice Bureau will also be on hand to talk about finding paid work and additional training, and offer advice on personal finances, debt management and the benefits of credit unions.

Advisors will undertake individual assessments, provide guidance on how to prepare CVs, and help participants make the most of the new skills, confidence and creativity which Passion 4 Fashion will provide.

The project will culminate in a fantastic fashion show at Huddersfield Town Hall on April 26, opened by Councillor Eric Firth, the Mayor of Kirklees.

The new designers will model their creations to an audience of hundreds, and entertainment of all sorts will be provided by different community and youth groups from across Kirklees.

Cllr Jean Calvert, Cabinet member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities, said: “Passion 4 Fashion gives local people the chance to take part in something new and exciting – it’s not every day that you get to model in a fashion show!

“The participants will also gain skills which will stay with them in the long term and hopefully help them gain employment or training opportunities in the future.”

Places are still available at workshops running in Dewsbury and Batley, and anyone with an interest in fashion who is over 16 and currently out of work can get in touch with Valerie Wartelle, Kirklees Council Area Neighbourhood Team, on 01484 221709 or by email at No previous experience is needed – just a love of fashion!

Volunteers wanted
The organisers are also still looking for volunteers to help support the participants as they create their unique outfits at workshops across Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley. Anyone who can sew or help out in another way is encouraged to contact Valerie Wartelle (details as above), or for more information visit the Facebook page:

Helen Lennon, Director of Service Development at Connect Housing, said: “It’s wonderful to see how much excitement Passion 4 Fashion has created in attracting and engaging communities across Kirklees, and I am especially delighted that this project is the result of a collaborative partnership of local agencies working together. This is just the sort of fun, innovative way to tackle worklessness which Connect is committed to delivering.”