Sew good for Paisley project at creative awards ceremony

A PAISLEY-based project for members of the refugee and asylum-seeker community has been named among the winners at an UK-wide awards ceremony championing community and volunteer-led creative activity.

Sewing2gether All Nations has taken the Scots title at the Creative Lives Awards (here).

The project aims to support women who wish to practise English and build new friendships.

Said the awards judges, of the winners: “The group started providing creative workshops with just two volunteers in 2018 and now has six sessional workers, ten volunteers and around 80 members participating in its activities each year.”

Meanwhile, a village newsletter took the runners-up spot in the Scots section.

Newstead, near Melrose, is considered the oldest continually-habited village in Scotland, and is the location of one of the most important Roman fortified sites in Britain, Trimontium.

Added the awards organisers: “Started during the [Covid-19] pandemic, the Newstead News serves one of the most rurally remote regions of Scotland. Initially a small A4 flyer, the paper has since grown in both size and involvement and now features writing and photography from over 100 contributors, with more joining all the time.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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