As a few of you may have noticed, we dont always go by the norm in what we do and over the weekend it was no different.
Following on with our mile of bunting our work over the weekend took us out of the office and onto the beach. Yes, you read that right, we decided to take our work to the beach.
Making a mile of bunting is no easy thing. Its 1609 meters and we have managed about a third of it so far.
Feeling like we are actually on target and knowing that everyone else was either on the beach or watching football somewhere we decided to work where we most wanted to be that day. The company was perfect, we had snacks and flasks of tea so we loaded the hand cranked Singers into the van, chucked in the gazebo, a couple of tables and chairs and away we went. The fact that our office is around only half a mile from the beach made the decision easier and that there was an ice-cream van stationed there made it a must.
Are we lucky to live so near? Maybe so but I do feel that we realise that days like that are important to our well being and our Team. We need to be good to ourselves and to take the time to enjoy the beauty around us. We took time to catch up, we found out who liked football during the world cup and we were surprised at the answer on that one. We took time to go for a paddle and even the little fish came to welcome us in. And then we did attract a lot of attention with what we were doing. A lot of `oohh, my granny had one of those, I love the sound they make` - referring to the Singer. Followed up by ` I used to make my doll closes with one of them when i was young and many more on similar themes.
That day we produced smiles along with bunting. Smiles from us, the people who stopped to talk, those who shared our tea and with those who join in to make the mile of bunting.
Another first for us as never had we ever thought about taking sewing machines to the beach to make bunting and to fill the day with smiles.
Hugely recommended and if ever you would like to join in, do the same or just pop by for tea, then get in touch, find out what we are doing next and make a date to put the kettle on.
So last week we met with Par Carnival Comity and we explored ways in which we could support the carnival this year.
What stood out was the support they have with entries from local community groups and with this they would not need us to help make costumes but they did have other ideas.
Par carnival is a week long event that brings all sectors and community groups together and this all ends with a carnival on the last day.
What came from the meeting was the fantastic idea of trying to line the route that the carnival takes with bunting - A mile of Bunting !!
This gave us 2 things that we love- A challenge and the chance to work with other community groups.
With this in mind we put out a shout via social media and soon enough we had offers from a community garden that is setting up a swap shop on Sundays and not only do they love the idea and want to be involved but they would like to highlight the swap shops so others can come along.
Another offer we had was from the Rainbows and Guides who would like to earn their badge in sewing and this would be the perfect opportunity. For this workshop we have planned to mix it up a bit between hand sewing, a hand cranked singer from 1910 and a more modern digital sewing machine so they can discover all aspects of sewing. Together there will be around 34 young children making bunting for the carnival. They also will be telling us about their designs that have been making for the carnival and to see if we can help them next year.
And yet more offers came in and this one wit ha huge element of fun.
Bunting on the beach..
We going to the beach to make bunting. Its that simple but with a huge element of fun. Ask yourself. When was the last time you went to the beach to make bunting? I know that I never have and nor has the team behind us so off to the beach we will go- with BBQ, beach balls, kites and armbands... and maybe a little bit of bunting.
We are looking for a Young Entrepreneur for the Erasmus program to work and learn on our textiles business where we take waste fabrics, remake into usable goods and resell.
We are an NGO and our work benefits the communities we live in and although a small company we are expanding fast.
The time spent with us would be up to 6 months and the time agreed before arrival. Could be 3 – 6 months depending on requirements.
The person – The Young Entrepreneur, is paid via Erasmus to take part in the program and this will vary between countries and for the uk you would receive around 1000 per month salary. From this you would need to support yourself while you stay here. It would need to cover your accommodation, travel and food expenses. We would help you find accommodation here that would be affordable and suitable for your needs.
The program would require commitment but would also give suitable time off from working. You would average 4 days a week? Sometimes more depending on the situation and with the chance to earn more money for doing so.
You would also have a mentor of sorts to learn the aspects of the business.
The place of work is easy, we try to make it fun and its not so serious. We work with Textiles and Fabric to create products to sell. We are a NGO and our profits go back to the benefit the community.
Our facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/texwithadifference/
And our website is here https://texwithbenefits.com/
What we would prefer from someone
• Good understanding of English
• Want to be involved in developing a business on their return
• Stay for a placement of between 3-6 months
• Help with the business expansion
• Help to develop Erasmus courses for future collaborative projects
• Interest in fashion, textiles or waste management
• Able to sew or use a sewing machine
• Prepared and able to support the development of sales
• Skills that will support our marketing
• Interest in discovering the opportunities for exporting and building European sales.
• Preparation for EVS.
The area we are based is in Cornwall and the town is Par.
Our address is Cornubia Hall, 31 Eastcliffe Road, Par PL24 2AQ
If you google it then it will show that we are around 300m from the beach in a small sea side town.
There is no real big city in our region but it is busy with tourist and many things to do. You would have time off to explore and go to cities in other regions if you wanted. It is safe here and the people are kind.
Any questions then please ask and if this program is something you would like to do then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and register interest.
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