Social enterprise Pivot to host Mother’s Day jewellery making workshops to help end homelessness

The award-winning social enterprise Pivot is running a series of jewellery making workshops in venues across London, led by trained makers who have lived experience of homelessness. 
Pivot has a series of Mother’s Day jewellery making workshops planned over March and a child-friendly workshop scheduled in April. Tickets and vouchers, which start at £35 for adults and £15 for children, are available to purchase from Pivot’s website.

Topics covered at their range of workshops include: how to make sustainable acetate earrings and glasses chains; and how to make your own silver band ring using traditional silversmithing techniques.

Customers will be able to get their hands on a curated selection of pieces sold at each workshop with a 20% discount offered to all.

Founded in November 2019 by Alice Moxely, Pivot teaches people experiencing homelessness to design, make and sell jewellery, while providing coaching and financial support. All training sessions are delivered in homeless hostels, bringing support directly to those who may find it difficult to access. 

Pivot’s awards for jewellery design and efforts to tackle homelessness:

The social enterprise has been awarded a number of accolades for both its jewellery design and work to help end homelessness.

In October, Pivot won Westfield London’s ‘Future Fashion’ competition’s jewellery category for its environmentally sustainable capsule collection titled “Building and sustaining opportunities”. The competition was judged by Royal College of Art, John Lewis & Partners, Save Your Wardrobe, Emily Carter London and Love not Landfill.

Comments from Pivot’s team and makers:

“Our workshops offer craft lovers a chance to not only make their own beautiful jewellery, but also a chance to learn from our Master Maker Jason. 

Jason was part of our first cohort of Makers delivered in a North London hostel in 2019 and over the years has honed his craft as an excellent teacher.

All of the sales from these workshops go towards continuing our support for inspiring individuals like Jason, by funding our training programmes and providing employment opportunities,” said Pivot’s Founder Alice Moxley.“Mental health in these places [hostels] is crazy. The longer you’re in there the less empowered you are to get these work opportunities. But through its programmes Pivot provides people living in hostels with a chance to build up their confidence and skills, so they can work towards finding accommodation and employment. All proceeds raised from our workshops will go toward running our next training programme and supporting our growing team, which hires directly from the pool of programme graduates. As someone who has been through the programme I know what a lifeline it was for me,” said Jason, Workshops and Programme Lead and programme graduate. 

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