Health worker’s old clothes show

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A MENTAL health support worker has launched a new business aiming to revitalise old clothes and bring new life to tired home furnishings.

Alex Addams, 56, has turned her handicraft hobby into new enterprise M’dam (Make Do And Mend) after securing £1,600 in funding from UnLtd, a charity supporting social entrepreneurs.

It offers hand-altered and revamped clothing and soft furnishings, and provides advice on how to re-design items.

The business, which is being run by Alex and her friends Roz Horner, Brenda Whiteman and Joan Hay, will initially operate through clothes swap and fashion show events, with much of the stock bought from charity shops.

The first was held at the Gregson Centre on Moor Lane two weeks ago and attracted around 45 visitors.

But Alex, a former Skerton High School pupil, hopes to open a stall at the Assembly Rooms market on King Street, Lancaster, within a few months and a shop in the city centre by this time next year.

It will initially operate using volunteers, and Alex, who previously worked with the disabled and people with mental health problems for Lancashire County Council, wants to give them the chance to gain new skills like sewing.

In doing so, it will link up with people taking NVQs at Lancaster’s Adult College. She is now a part-time support worker with the Creative Support project at The Helm on Fenton Street.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-04-12) for full story.