Thanks to Saffron Housing Trust’s Community Foundation and their Community Grant, Solo Housing, in partnership with Make Pivot, a social enterprise that trains people experiencing homelessness to become self-employed creative makers Pivot – Jewellery made by homeless Londoners (makepivot.org) launched a bespoke course for people to make, market and sell handcrafted jewellery.

Five people have joined the course being delivered at Saffron’s Taylor Road Community Room and so far, have been learning the different techniques for jewellery making and as a group have designed a bespoke collection. Over the coming weeks, the group will continue to make the pieces of jewellery for the collection and learn how to market and sell in different settings.

All profits from the sales of the pieces will go into providing further training and opportunities for preventing homelessness.

Zoe Webb from Solo Housing said: “The creativity and talent from the participants is immense, we are so excited about showing the final pieces for people to buy.”

Emilie Hildreth, Community Foundation Manager at Saffron, said: “Our Panel were delighted to be able to fund this project. We can see the great value in giving people a chance to learn a skill such as jewellery making, which will help them create a sustainable income by setting up their own enterprise going forward.”

We are in the process of setting up a platform to sell the pieces and looking for a variety of venues to hold a stall to sell the collection from mid-March. If you are interested in becoming involved or would like to purchase pieces of the jewellery, please contact Zoe Webb via Contact Us – Solo Housing